Our Story


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.



Our Values


  • Impact

    We are committed to delivering measurable impact in the form of top-notch human capital for our client’s needs today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

  • Diversity

    We believe deeply that to be effective the non-profit sector must nurture, promote, and reflect a diverse workforce.

  • Respect

    Everything we do stems from the tremendous respect we have for our clients, our candidates, and the work they do to make our world a better place.

  • Innovation

    We are constantly employing cutting-edge techniques to expand our database of talented leaders and tap into new networks.

Koya’s Social Impact Strategy

We believe corporations have a responsibility to use their profits for good and that employees should both drive and actively participate in that giving. That’s why we launched an employee-driven corporate giving model, where Koya employees are trained in venture philanthropy and oversee our annual giving program—from sourcing possible investment opportunities, to conducting due diligence, to reviewing the outcomes. We’re proud to invest 2% of our profits in the nonprofit sector each year. And we’re proud that our team members also give generously of their time to local service activities, non-profit boards, and pro bono search and consulting.

Koya’s Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a deeply held belief at Koya. For every engagement we strive to identify candidates who bring a range of backgrounds and experiences to the table. We also track diversity metrics as a measure of team and organizational performance across individual searches and over time. In over 14 years that Koya has been serving clients, one-third of the leaders we have placed are people of color and two-thirds are women. Internally, our national staff is 40% people of color. We are deeply committed to increasing these numbers to more accurately reflect our nation’s demographics. Click here to read the results of Koya’s collaboration with Education Pioneers to assess racial diversity in education nonprofits.