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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Koya Leadership Partners Acquires Social Impact Rival

Koya Leadership Partners Acquires Social Impact Rival

Acquisitions continue to make big news in the executive search industry. The latest: Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has acquired Commongood Careers, which specializes in recruiting leaders nationwide for organizations committed to social impact. The acquisition also enables Koya to partner with talent across the career lifespan. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Commongood Careers, headquartered in

Amanda McMullen CEO New Bedford Whaling Museum

Koya Leadership Partners Places CEO at New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, the familiar name for the 115-year-old Old Dartmouth Historical Society, has named Amanda D. McMullen as its new president and CEO. Anne McCarthy and Erin Reedy of non-profit specialists Koya Leadership Partners led the assignment. Ms. McMullen assumes her new role on May 7. “With a strong record of leadership and accomplishments, Amanda

Koya Leadership Partners Heads CEO Search for New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, the familiar name for the 115-year-old Old Dartmouth Historical Society, has enlisted non-profit specialists Anne McCarthy and Erin Reedy of Koya Leadership Partners to find its next president and CEO. Koya described the assignment as an opportunity to help steer a vibrant and healthy organization into the future. The new CEO

Koya Leadership Partners Acquires Rework

Koya Leadership Partners Acquires Rework to Focus on Millennial Hiring

Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has acquired New York-based recruitment firm ReWork and its sourcing platform technology. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. ReWork co-founder and CEO Abe Taleb joins Koya as a vice president, where he will help to expand the firm’s focus around the Millennial workforce. Koya will leverage ReWork’s technology to

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 15 Search Assignments 2017

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 15 Search Assignments of 2017

As the year now draws to a close, it turns out that when we looked back through our archives 2017 was, simply put, a remarkable year for first-rate search assignments. Hunt Scanlon Media tracked hundreds of them. From CEO placements to those covering the bandwidth of the C-suite, our editorial team gleaned the best from every industry sector


National Women’s History Museum Retains Koya Leadership Partners—a Woman-Founded and Led firm—for Leadership Search

ALEXANDRIA, VA, MARCH 27, 2018 – The National Women’s History Museum today announced it retained Koya Leadership Partners, a leading national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients, to conduct the search for the Museum’s next leader. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the diverse contributions of

McMullen picked to head Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, MA, March 20, 2018 – Amanda D. McMullen has been named president and chief executive officer of New Bedford Whaling Museum after an international search, the museum’s board announced last week. The museum said it teamed with Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search firm that specializes in leading searches for mission-driven clients, to

Big Thought Board Names Byron Sanders as New President & CEO of Dallas-Based Education Nonprofit

NEWBURYPORT, MA, January 8, 2018 – One of Dallas’ most respected education nonprofits, Big Thought, today announced that Byron Sanders has been named the next President and CEO of the organization. Sanders joins Big Thought after serving as Vice President and Institutional Client Advisor for U.S. Trust where he advised nonprofit institutions on investment management strategy. He

Koya Assists LINK Unlimited Scholars with the Hiring of Dee Atkins as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

NEWBURYPORT, MA, January 9, 2018 – LINK Unlimited Scholars welcomes Dee Atkins as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement! As VP of Advancement, Dee will oversee LINK’s fundraising, communications, mentor, alumni, and external relations programming. Dee brings more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, volunteer management, and community

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