About Us

Koya Partners is the nation’s premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven organizations.

Koya was founded in 2004 on the guiding principle that the right leader can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world. Today Koya has conducted nearly 3,000 executive searches across the U.S. and around the world with a single goal: To advance our clients’ missions by identifying and placing transformational leaders.

In 2019, Koya Partners became a Diversified Search Group company. Both firms were founded by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements.

We pursue this work with respect, joy, and excellence – with a staff that is both exceptionally talented and deeply experienced in executive search and the sectors we serve.

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Koya Partners is the nation’s premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven organizations.

Koya was founded in 2004 on the guiding principle that the right leader can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world. Today Koya has conducted nearly 3,000 executive searches across the U.S. and around the world with a single goal: To advance our clients’ missions by identifying and placing transformational leaders.

In 2019, Koya Partners became a Diversified Search Group company. Both firms were founded by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements.

We pursue this work with respect, joy, and excellence – with a staff that is both exceptionally talented and deeply experienced in executive search and the sectors we serve.

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

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Tapped by the Washington Research Library Consortium to Find New Leader  

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been called in by the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) to lead its search for a new executive director. Spearheading the assignment are managing director Beth Schaefer and senior search associate Marisa Chock. The firm seeks a dynamic, creative leader to provide innovative and thoughtful leadership, and to advance the mission of this member-driven

Consider This Before Joining the Great Resignation

If you’re thinking about joining the Great Resignation and quitting your job, you’re in good company. Resignations are at a 20-year high, and depending on what study you’re reading, one-third to one-half of all U.S. workers are considering leaving their jobs right now. This record number of resignations is fueled by a range of factors,

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Recruits CEO for Easterseals

After a rigorous national search, Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Kendra E. Davenport as president and chief executive officer of Easterseals. Alison Ranney, managing partner and CEO practice co-lead, led the assignment along with Corina Benitz, vice president and senior associate; Tiara D. Muse, VP and senior search associate; and Alison

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Recruits Executive Director for American L.G.B.T.Q.+ Museum   

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners recently assisted in the placement of Ben Garcia as the first executive director of the American L.G.B.T.Q.+ Museum. The search was led by Melissa Madzel, Stephen Milbauer and Jason Mannino. “After five years of working to get to this point, after our groundbreaking with the New York Historical Society last fall, the board is delighted to welcome Ben

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.