Guided by the belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world,” Katie founded Koya Leadership Partners in 2004 to recruit exceptionally talented leaders to nonprofit clients. Today, Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms and by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms. Today the Koya team numbers more than 40 professionals who partner with nonprofits across the country and around the world to place exceptional leaders.
With over 20 years of experience in executive search and organizational development, Katie has built senior leadership teams at leading national and international nonprofit organizations and partnered closely with founders, boards and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations.
In addition to executive search, Katie’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity initiatives. She has developed and executed professional development trainings on a variety of topics from leadership development to recruitment and retention best practices.
Katie’s thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review. She was featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya. In 2016, Katie was named a 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders. She is also a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.
Katie began her career in the public sector as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then moved to the private sector, working as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.
With a strong commitment to civic leadership, Katie serves on numerous boards including the national board of IGNITE, a bipartisan initiative that builds political ambition in young women. She was invited to the White House to attend the United States of Women Summit focused on key gender equality issues.
Katie holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science in English, Journalism & Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Nonprofits Katie supports: Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Ignite, Girls Leap, Red Hook Initiative, Newburyport Education Foundation
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