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 Adds Mission-Driven Recruiting Specialist

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Kara Teising as a vice president. Based in Nashville, TN, Ms. Teising’s role will be to match mission-driven clients with transformational leaders who are driving positive change. “Teising’s extensive experience in the mission-driven executive search space – combined with her passion and commitment to providing exceptional service – makes

Koya Leadership Partners Recruits CHRO for Penn State

Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Koya Leadership Partners recently placed Lorraine Goffe as the new vice president for human resources and CHRO of Penn State. She succeeds Susan Basso, who left the college for a position at Ohio State University. Managing director

Koya Leadership Partners Recruits CHRO for Skidmore College

Koya Leadership Partners has placed Brett I. Last as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He succeeds Barbara Beck, who retired last year after serving the college for 21 years.Managing director Andy Evans, vice president Beth Schaefer and consultant Charlotte Harris led the search. “Brett Last brings

Koya Leadership Partners Tapped to Find CHRO for Saint Joseph’s University

Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) has selected Koya Leadership Partners to find an experienced, effective and creative leader for the position of chief human resources officer (CHRO). Koya vice president Amy Sugin is leading the search along with consultant Charlotte Harris. The CHRO role will be responsible for the development and implementation of human resource policies and

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.