The Boston Federal Reserve Taps Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners to Find VP of DE&I 

July 27, 2021 – Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been called in by the Boston Federal Reserve to find a vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leading the assignment are Maureen Alphonse-Charles, senior vice president of talent, diversity and equity, and Nadine Coleman, vice president and senior search associate.

Reporting to the senior vice president and general counsel, leader of the enterprise resources division, the VP will be responsible for developing the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s (ODEI’s) strategic plans, diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Close collaboration with bank and human resources leadership in developing policies that support the bank’s workforce and culture will be a critical part of the role. Additionally, the VP of DE&I will oversee all matters related to the annual Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) report that is delivered to Congress. It will also be expected that this executive will respond to written and in-person Congressional inquiries including responding to the Government Accountability Office inquiries and audits performed on behalf of Congress.

This position serves on the system’s OMWI council and may include leading system workgroups and committees.

The VP of DE&I will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating the bank’s New England financial services CEO roundtable and the external diversity advisory council, said Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners. The CEO roundtable engages 12 CEOs from banks, investment management and insurance companies in the first district. The external diversity advisory council engages diverse C-suite level executives from a broad spectrum of leading industries in New England. The VP of DE&I will be actively engaged in the business community in the First District, and regularly present to organizations and serve as a spokesperson for the bank on all diversity and inclusion matters.

This position directly supervises an AVP and may directly or indirectly manage other members of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office.

Key Requirements

The ideal candidate is expected to have knowledge and experience often acquired through, or equivalent to, the completion of a master’s degree in business administration or related discipline such as human resources, public policy, international relations and/ or diversity and inclusion, said the search firm. A minimum of 10 years of relevant leadership, supervisory/management, and/or project management is also required. The successful prospect will have a track record of influencing and motivating productive interaction, rapid adaptation, and a strong aptitude for fostering healthy team culture.

The position requires significant interaction with senior executives, and involves high visibility to the Federal Reserve Bank, the overall system’s executive management, Congress, the GAO and CEOs in New England’s financial services industry, said Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners. A commitment to public service with a personal and professional value system consistent with the culture and values of the Federal Reserve System is a key requirement. Candidates should have a leadership track record in DE&I work with demonstrated expertise to drive best practices.

The Federal Reserve System was founded by Congress in 1913 and serves as the central bank of the U.S. Its fundamental mission is to foster the stability, integrity, and efficiency of the nation’s monetary, financial, and payment systems to promote optimal economic performance. As part of the nation’s central bank, the bank promotes sound growth and financial stability in New England (Connecticut except Fairfield County, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and the nation.

Mission-Driven Recruiters

Diversified Search Group is a family of firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. Koya Partners is a part of the Diversified Search Group and is dedicated to mission-driven leadership. Koya works broadly at the senior-most levels of the mission-driven field in philanthropy, social services, arts and culture, and social justice, among others. In 2020, Koya was acquired by Diversified Search. With the combination of revenues and resources, Diversified Search and Koya now represent one of the largest non-profit and higher education practices in the executive search industry.

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Seeks Chief People Officer for the Museum of Science in Boston
Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been retained by the Museum of Science in Boston to lead its search for a chief people officer. Spearheading the assignment are managing director Beth Schaefer and senior search associate Josyanne Roche. “At this critical time in its history, the Museum of Science is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven leader to serve as the next chief people officer,” said Koya Partners. “The CPO comes to the Museum of Science at an exciting time under new leadership and a renewed commitment to the great opportunity for impact that institutions like the Museum of Science can have in their community and in the world.”

Ms. Alphonse-Charles brings strategic executive search leadership and client management with significant expertise across sectors and functions. She is a pioneer in diversity, equity, and inclusion work. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Alphonse-Charles has led complex executive search, consulting, finance, development, and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. She helps organizations find cohesion around a common set of goals by serving as a mentor, coach, and facilitator, both within the executive search world and beyond.

Ms. Coleman specializes in evaluating and placing executive leadership at mission-driven organizations across the country. She brings over 20 years of national recruiting and executive search experience in both the non-profit and private sectors. She brings experience with the full search lifecycle, having successfully recruited non-profit executives at City Year and Teach for America as well as management consultants at the Boston Consulting Group. She has expertise working with non-profits, secondary and higher education institutions and other professional organizations.

Related: Diversified Search Closes Funding Round, Acquires Koya Leadership Partners

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

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