Stephen Milbauer

Principal, Executive Search

While Stephen calls New York home, he serves clients around the country, focusing on the mission-driven and education sectors. In particular, Stephen has deep experience in the field of arts and culture.

Stephen has successfully partnered with clients on a wide variety of senior-level placements, including CEO, President, Executive Director, Director, COO, CFO, Chief Information Officers, Chief Communications & Marketing Officers, Country Directors and development/fundraising executives. In the field of arts and culture, he has expertise with both curatorial and functional leadership searches.

Stephen joined Koya Leadership Partners with over ten years of search experience at two global leadership and talent consulting service firms. At Korn Ferry, he had a broad practice across the mission-driven sector. He started his career in executive search supporting the legal practice at Heidrick & Struggles and then transitioned within the firm to a recruitment role in the nonprofit field.

Earlier in his career, Stephen worked at another professional services firm, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, for eight years.

He has also served as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.

For fifteen years, Stephen was an active member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

Stephen earned a B.A. in psychology from Ithaca College. He received an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University. He graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan.

  • Advisory Services
  • 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
  • Outplacement
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • Human Resources