Placed Leaders

Fashion Institute of Technology announces Troy Richards as Dean of the School of Art and Design.

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The Fashion Institute of Technology on the appointment of Troy Richards as the Dean of the School of Art and Design. Richards’s selection was made after a comprehensive national search overseen by Koya.

One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. FIT is known for its rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, […]

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Placed Leaders

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Appoints Independent Trustee

Koya congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on the appointment of Rey Ramsey to the Board as an Independent Trustee.

Ramsey’s selection as Independent Trustee was made after a national and thorough search overseen by Koya.

In 2015 Koya led the President & CEO search for the Nathan Cummings Foundation that resulted in the recruitment of Sharon Alpert, the Foundation’s fourth president and first female […]

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Healthy Communities Foundation (formerly The Arthur Foundation) names Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as President

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Healthy Communities Foundation (formerly The Arthur Foundation) on the appointment of Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as its next President.

Pesqueira’s selection was made after a thoughtful and comprehensive search overseen by Koya.

Pesqueira will join Healthy Communities Foundation, a community informed grantmaking foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Illinois.

Throughout her career, […]

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Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Two Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture: Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Isaac Luria

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on naming two new members of its senior team. Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Isaac Luria join the Foundation as Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture. They will jointly lead the Foundation’s work to build empathy, nurture compassion and shift narratives about race, class, gender and ethnicity, who has power and how people value the planet.

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United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Welcomes Leah Ray as Senior Vice President of Resource Development

We are thrilled for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as it welcomes Leah Ray, a nonprofit leader with significant fundraising and relationship building experience, as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Resource Development. We are honored to have partnered with United Way on this successful search.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is part of the United Way Worldwide network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, UWMC serves the six county metropolitan region, radiating from city […]

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Leadership

Spring Brings New Leadership at Chicago Botanic Garden

Jean Franczyk, the new president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden (Courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden)

Spring officially arrived last week, and with it the promise of warmer temperatures and new flowers. This spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden also brings new ideas and new leadership.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has named Jean Franczyk as its new president and CEO. Franczyk will […]

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Job Seekers

Tips for Working With a Recruiter

As a recruiter focused on the nonprofit sector, I’ve interacted with thousands of candidates over the years. And I’ve often wished that more people understood how to fully leverage the recruiter-job candidate relationship. To that end, here are some tips for working with a recruiter that will help you land your dream job in the new year.

Return our calls! A recruiter could be reaching out to you to tap your network or to see whether you’re interested in a particular […]

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Leadership

Meet Celena Roldán, the new President and CEO of The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois on the hiring of its next CEO, Celena Roldán.

Roldán joins the Red Cross from Erie Neighborhood House where she has held the role of Executive Director since 2010.  Founded in 1870, Erie House’s mission is to promote a more just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action. Roldán brings with her notable and exemplary experience as a leader in […]

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Leadership

Jean Franczyk joins the Chicago Botanic Garden as President & CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Chicago Botanic Garden on the hiring of its next President & CEO, Jean Franczyk.

Jean joins the Chicago Botanic Garden from the Science Museum Group in the United Kingdom where she has held leadership roles since 2006.

She has deep Chicago roots, having held leadership posts at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Board of Education and as a policy advisor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

To view the official press release, please click here.

We are honored to […]

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Placed Leaders

4 Tips for Getting the Most out of Reference Checks

By Erin Reedy, VP, Executive Search

Many people think of reference checks as a rubber stamp on a hiring decision. Candidates are putting you in touch with their biggest supporters, so of course you can predict what they are going to say, right? Not always.

When done correctly, reference checks can provide extremely helpful information for making a hire and beyond. Here are four ways to make sure that conversations with references are insightful and useful:

Request a diverse range of references. In […]

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Leadership

Board Hiring Decisions

I have great admiration for the Boards of Directors we work with at Koya Leadership Partners. Almost without exception, members of Boards of Directors are incredibly capable, committed, and extremely busy individuals who have come to us to successfully execute on their most important responsibility: Selecting a new leader for their organization.

Our executive search process is designed to give board members the information and tools they need to ask the right questions and ultimately, make the right hiring decision. Unfortunately, […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Steven Hawkins, Amnesty International USA

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Our final featured leader in our Infinite Difference campaign is Steven Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA. Steven is leading the largest grassroots human rights organization in the United States and its efforts to fight injustice and bring about social change.

Meet Steven

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Koya in the News

Meet Jennifer Stancil, the new President and CEO of Glazer Children’s Museum

Koya is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Stancil as the new President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum.

Located in Tampa, Florida, the Glazer Children’s Museum is committed to creating learning environments where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. The Museum serves over 27,000 school participant each school year and averages 200,000 visitors annually.

Jennifer comes to the Glazer Children’s Museum from WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, PA, the local PBS Affiliate […]

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Leadership

Monique Brunson Jones joins the Evanston Community Foundation as President and CEO

Koya is delighted to announce the appointment of Monique Brunson Jones as the new President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.
 
The Evanston Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching Evanston, Illinois and the lives of its people, now and in the future, by building endowments for current and future opportunities, fostering private philanthropy, focusing the impact of collective giving, finding solutions to community challenges, allocating grants, and provides leadership training.
 
Monique joins the Evanston Community Foundation from the Chicago Foundation for Women.  […]

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Koya in the News

Sharon Alpert joins the Nathan Cummings Foundation as President and CEO

Koya is thrilled by the appointment of Sharon Alpert as the President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Sharon Alpert will become the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s fourth President & CEO and first female leader. Ms. Alpert comes to the 25-year-old, multi-generational family foundation from the Surdna Foundation, where she serves as the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives. She will assume her role as president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in November 2015.

Koya Leadership Partners was honored […]

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Placed Leaders

Perri L. Irmer joins DuSable Museum of African American History as President and CEO

The DuSable Museum of African American History has a new President and CEO. The board of trustees has selected Perri L. Irmer, an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional with a broad range of experience in executive management, construction and fundraising.

Irmer, 56, a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community, brings to the position a wealth of qualifications including business, technical, legal and administrative experience, along with a commitment to public service and the […]

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Koya in the News

Tips for Surviving a Group Interview

Group interviews are a common feature of the job search process, especially in the nonprofit sector, where candidates may need to interview with work teams, search committees, and/or board members. If you’ve participated in one, you know they can be a little overwhelming. Typically, you’re seated on one side of a table, with four or more people on the other who take turns grilling you. With a little preparation and the application of the tips outlined below, however, you can […]

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Placed Leaders

Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. That’s why it’s a key trait to look for when recruiting. The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). But before the hiring team starts measuring candidates’ culture fit, they need to be able to define and articulate the organization’s culture – its values, goals, and practices — and then […]

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Job Seekers

Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot

Once you’ve landed a new position, it’s critical to shift your focus from interview mode to making a successful transition into your new role and quickly establishing your credibility.

Here are five tips to help you get started in a new job on the right foot:

Start working before your first day. There is much you can do in advance of your first day on a job to ensure you hit the ground running. This includes learning more about the organization’s strategy […]

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Placed Leaders

Matt Pritchard Joins HomeStart as New President & Executive Director

Koya is excited to announce Matt Pritchard as the new President & Executive Director at HomeStart! Pritchard will oversee the organization’s programs, staff members, and budget, furthering HomeStart’s mission to prevent and end homelessness in the Greater Boston area.

HomeStart has helped save over 3,000 families and individuals from losing their homes and offer stabilization services to assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Learn more about Matt and HomeStart here: http://homestart.org/matt-pritchard-to-join-homestart-as-new-executive-director/

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Beth Anderson, The Hill Center

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This month’s Infinite Difference feature is Beth Anderson, a national leader in education and entrepreneurship, from North Carolina’s The Hill Center. She spoke to Koya about backpacking in the Rockies with tweens, MBAs and social impact, and working for a grassroots U.S. Olympics movement. 

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Infinite Difference: Samhita Reddy, Red Hook Initiative

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Meet this month’s Infinite Difference leader: Samhita Reddy from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Initiative. She spoke to Koya about forging her own authentic path, the lasting impact of Harper Lee, and how Chris Rock has helped her fight for social justice. www.infinitedifference.com

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Koya in the News

Kishshana Palmer Joins FoodCorps as Vice President of External Affairs

We are thrilled to announce that Kishshana Palmer has joined FoodCorps as their VP, External Affairs! FoodCorps is a longtime Koya client that is doing transformational work to help all of our nation’s children – regardless of class, race, or geography – know what healthy food is, where it comes from, and eat it every day. In just four years, FoodCorps has grown from a startup to a $9 million dollar annual budget, with nearly 200 AmeriCorps service members in […]

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Job Seekers

The Perfect Match: Bringing CFO Candidate Anand Kesavan and KIPP Austin Together To Make A Difference

In 2014, Koya Leadership Partners had the pleasure of working with KIPP Austin to find the perfect candidate for their chief financial officer (CFO) position. We found and placed successful investment banker Anand Kesavan, who decided to trade his corporate gig for fulfilling work in the nonprofit sector after working one-on-one with Koya to ensure he was the perfect match for the job. A strong candidate with family ties to charter school work, Anand and KIPP Austin really were the […]

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Diversity

Invest in Leadership Development to Retain High Performers of All Races Featured in Philanthropy News Digest

While people of color in the United States account for nearly half – 48 percent – of the total student population, leadership in nonprofit education organizations doesn’t mirror this demographic fact. In a recent survey, From Intention to Action: Building Diverse Leadership Teams in Education to Deepen Impact, Koya Leadership Partners and Education Pioneers found that at the director level within education nonprofits, only 39 percent of leaders are people of color. At the vice president level, the number dips to […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Richard McCarthy, Slow Food USA

 

 

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Read about our second inspiring Infinite Difference leader: Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA. He spoke to us about his 1979 Vespa, his passion for community enterprise, and the dignity of labor. www.infinitedifference.com

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Placed Leaders

A Winter Update from Alison Ranney & Koya Chicago

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Dear Chicago Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to write with an update on the work of Koya Leadership Partners in the Chicago region.

In 2015, we were grateful for the opportunity to partner with the civic community in Chicago, and well beyond, to recruit top caliber leaders in the nonprofit field. Our national Koya team now consists of 30 colleagues. […]

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Koya Culture

Koya Leadership Partners Appoints Marissa Martin as Vice President

CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm focused on the nonprofit sector, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Marissa Martin as vice president. Based in Koya’s Chicago office, Martin will join an executive search team committed to recruiting and retaining diverse senior level professionals to high impact nonprofit organizations nationwide.

“Marissa’s dedication to the senior executive search process strongly aligns with Koya Leadership Partners’ values and deep commitment to serving our clients in […]

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Diversity

Koya’s Advice on Building Diverse, Inclusive Leadership Teams Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

There is an increasing body of evidence that diverse teams of varying racial and ethnic makeup produce better results. They perform better financially, gain a competitive edge when recruiting top talent, experience less employee turnover, and offer greater benefits for those they serve. This is true in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, but is particularly important for nonprofits that serve communities of color, which is overwhelmingly the case in the education sector. Nearly half of the students in the […]

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Leadership

Steps Nonprofits Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

Resignations often happen when we least expect it, and when they come from senior leaders, it’s perceived as a significant loss for the organization. The announcement that a senior leader has decided to move on often results in a mix of negative emotions for many of the employees left behind: Stress, worry, and even panic, especially for those who are responsible for finding a replacement. Many questions arise: How much of my time will go into finding a replacement? Who […]

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