Koya Leadership Partners


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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Cummer Museum Taps Koya Leadership Partners for Executive Director

Executive recruitment firm Koya Leadership Partners is seeking a new executive director for the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. Managing director Michelle R.S. Bonoan is heading the national search, with support from principal Sheila Hennessey, as well as Koya’s research and support team. The search for

Koya places David McDermott executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Koya Leadership Partners Taps Executive Director for Hubbard Street Dance

Executive recruitment firm Koya Leadership Partners has helped place the new executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. David McDermott, who currently serves as first deputy commissioner for Chicago’s cultural affairs and special events department, joins the professional dance company effective October 16. Anne McCarthy, principal – executive search, and Alison Ranney, managing director who heads

Koya Lands New Leader for National Wildlife Refuge

Top leaders for non-profit concerns remain in demand and Koya Leadership Partners has the latest big catch in the sector. Molly Brennan, a founding partner at the firm, has recruited Geoffrey Haskett as the president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The organization was seeking an experienced, dynamic, and strategic leader to guide it through a time

Koya Leadership Partners and Neumann Executive Search Merge

Since the start of the year, the search industry has seen a number of mergers. Some involve national expansion, while others are about global reach. Many of the consolidations provide greater solution possibilities for customers who want a full suite of talent management services. The latest: Koya Leadership Partners is merging Neumann Executive Search Partners

Koya Leadership Partners Posts 33 Percent Jump In Revenues

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners posted revenues of $8 million last year, a 33 percent rise from the previous year, according to the latest statistics report soon to be released from Hunt Scanlon Media. The firm currently has 40 consultants working from offices in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles as well as staff in remote offices across the


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,