About Us

Koya Leadership Partners was founded in 2004 on a single belief: The right person in the right place can change the world. That belief has evolved into a guiding philosophy for the entire firm. We are deeply committed to the idea that the right leader — with the right support and resources — can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world.

Over the last decade Koya has conducted hundreds of executive searches across the United States and around the world. Our team has grown, our methodology has sharpened, and the range of services we offer has diversified. But we have never strayed from our mission: To help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions by providing customized, strategic, and innovative support and services for acquiring and retaining exceptional talent.

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Koya Leadership Partners was founded in 2004 on a single belief: The right person in the right place can change the world. That belief has evolved into a guiding philosophy for the entire firm. We are deeply committed to the idea that the right leader—with the right support and resources—can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world.

Over the last 14 years, Koya has conducted hundreds of executive searches across the United States and around the world. Our team has grown, our methodology has sharpened, and the range of services we offer has diversified. But we have never strayed from our mission: To help our clients achieve their missions by providing customized, strategic and innovative support and services for acquiring and retaining exceptional talent.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • All Solutions
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Executive Tracker
  • Interim
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Outplacement
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • Human Resources

News Briefings

Koya Leadership Partners Seeks Chief Impact Officer for Amnesty International

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has enlisted Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Leadership Partners to find a chief impact officer to lead several external-facing teams of staff focused on achieving significant human rights impact. The teams will include AIUSA’s campaigns, public affairs (media, social media, arts and entertainment engagement, and events), advocacy/government relations and

Koya Leadership Partners Lands CHRO for Saint Joseph’s University

Executive recruiters continue their hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Just recently, Koya Leadership Partners placed Zenobia Hargust as the new CHRO of Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) in Philadelphia. Koya vice president Amy Sugin led the search along with consultant Charlotte Harris. SJU, a Jesuit university,

Koya Leadership Partners Leading CHRO Search for the University of New England

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Just recently, Tom Phillips and Charlotte Harris of Koya Leadership Partners were retained by the University of New England (UNE) to assist in its search for a new CHRO. The university, located in Biddeford, ME, seeks a collaborative

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Turns to Koya Leadership Partners to Find New Leader

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has enlisted Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in its search for a new president and chief executive officer. The organization initially retained Boyden for the assignment. Both finalist candidates, however, reportedly rejected the job, citing concerns with salary and museum governance. Boston-based Koya is tasked with finding a

Press Releases

Koya Leadership Partners Named to Forbes’ “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017” List

NEWBURYPORT, MA, May 4, 2017 — Forbes has ranked Koya Leadership Partners number 21 of 250 top executive recruiting firms on its inaugural “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017” list. In partnership with the analytics firm Statista, Forbes compiled the list after surveying thousands of recruiters, candidates/employees who have recent experience with recruiters, and HR managers. Respondents

Healthy Communities Foundation Names Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as President

NEWBURYPORT, MA, April 19, 2017 — Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Healthy Communities Foundation (formerly The Arthur Foundation) on the appointment of Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as its next President. Pesqueira’s selection was made after a thoughtful and comprehensive search overseen by Koya. Pesqueira will join Healthy Communities Foundation, a community informed grantmaking foundation that seeks to measurably improve

Koya Wins 2017 Best Staffing Firm to Work For Award

NEWBURYPORT, MA, February 17, 2017 — We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, Koya Leadership Partners has won Staffing Industry Analysts’ Best Staffing Firm to Work For award. Each year awards are given to companies who receive the highest scores on a 40-question survey filled out by internal employees. The survey

North Star Fund Announces Jennifer Ching as New Executive Director

NEWBURYPORT, MA, February 9, 2017 — Koya Leadership Partners congratulates North Star Fund on naming Jennifer Ching as incoming Executive Director. Koya was delighted to partner with North Star Fund on this successful search. Based in New York City, North Star Fund is a community foundation working to create a more just and equitable city, through donor

Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Two Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture

NEWBURYPORT, MA, December 19, 2016 — Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on naming two new members of its senior team. Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Isaac Luria join the Foundation as Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture. They will jointly lead the Foundation’s work to build empathy, nurture compassion and shift narratives about race, class,

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Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directors
Koya’s report, The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directors, examines how and why this gap persists, with the aim of giving leaders actionable strategies for increasing board diversity.