Koya Leadership Partners Expands Art and Culture Search Offering

September 10, 2018 – Non-profit search specialist Koya Leadership Partners has expanded with the addition of Naree W.S. Viner as a managing director. Based in the New York City area, she will work with museum clients and beyond, helping expand Koya’s art and culture portfolio.

Ms. Viner is well-known and highly respected for her work in the specialized museum search space. She also has experience working with social service and education-oriented non-profit organizations.

“Naree brings tremendous experience and relationships around art and culture to Koya,” said Katie Bouton, founder and CEO of Koya. “She has worked with many prestigious museums in the world, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Menil Collection, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Buffalo Museum of Science, to name a few.”


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“Naree is smart, passionate and mission-driven, and she knows the importance of fostering long-term relationships with clients,” Ms. Bouton said. “Clients rely on her for advice around their strategic goals, retention, succession planning and more. They see her as a partner and trusted advisor who can help them maximize their successes.”

Veteran Search Consultant

Ms. Viner has nearly 15 years of executive recruiting experience, with a focus on art museums and other cultural institutions. She also has extensive experience working with higher education and other non-profit clients, placing seasoned executives as well as next-generation leaders. She has partnered with prominent public and private organizations and with non-profit board officers in the recruitment, development and assessment of senior executive talent.

Ms. Viner was previously with Korn Ferry, where she placed chief executives and senior staff at regional, national, and international art, education and social service organizations. Before that, she worked at Heidrick & Struggles. She started her search career at a boutique generalist firm Gary Kaplan and Associates, where she co-led its education and non-profit practice.

Before entering executive search, Ms. Viner was with the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she was a principal developer of one of the first websites featuring art images and associated educational materials for K-12 teachers. Later, she became producer for the parent channel of a K-12 education web portal and manager of instructional design at an online executive education company. Ms. Viner also worked at a non-profit childcare services, research and advocacy organization supporting families in Los Angeles.

“All of my prior experience – in particular, working at organizations going through significant change – has helped me understand what a difference the right leader makes,” said Ms. Viner. “I was drawn to Koya because the firm focuses on mission-driven clients and has the flexibility to meet each client’s specific needs. Koya takes a thoughtful partnership approach, building relationships over time and becoming trusted advisors. That is precisely how I’ve approached working with clients during the nearly 15 years I’ve been in the field.”

Non-Profit Specialists

Boston-based Koya Leadership Partners is a national executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. This year, the firm was again recognized by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas.

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 Koya has developed a national reputation for identifying executive directors and CEOs across the non-profit sector, including those for Hudson Webber Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, Glazer Children’s Museum and Tourette Association of America, among many others.

Recently, Koya 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. Commongood Careers, headquartered in Boston, specializes in recruiting leaders nationwide for positions from the manager level up to the C-suite at organizations committed to social impact. Commongood’s clients include GreenLight Fund, Center for Effective Philanthropy, New Profit, Tipping Point and many others.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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