Koya Leadership Partners is proud to have partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation and President Dr. Rajiv J. Shah to place Christine Heenan as Vice President for Policy, Partnerships and Communications. Heenan will serve as a close advisor to Shah as he continues to chart a bold, new course for the Foundation’s next decade and beyond.Read More
Koya is delighted to have partnered with the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) on the appointment of Carolyn S. Berkowitz as their new President and CEO.
An accomplished Corporate Citizenship professional, Berkowitz led CSR efforts at Capital One, where she re-envisioned the company’s corporate philanthropy focus, developing and executing a $450 million, ten-year strategy to prepare low- and moderate- income people for future success.
Prior to Capital One, Berkowitz worked with America’s Promise, Points of Light Foundation and the American Association for […]Read More
The Tri-Faith Initiative is timely and ambitious, and is the first place in history where three monotheistic faiths have built their houses of worship together with the mission of working in unison to promote dialogue, transcend differences, foster acceptance, and build bridges of respect and trust.Read More
Following a nationwide, multi-phased search, Wright emerged as the successful placement. Terri brings expertise in leading and developing programs, and in navigating and tackling the interrelated social determinants of health outcomes, including housing, education, employment, and asset building.Read More
Founded in 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, the Wood Family Foundation (WFF) works to improve the lives of children in Chicago. The WFF facilitates relationships that provide support and opportunities to empower youth and their families to succeed in life.Read More
Since 1989, DMSF has provided access to high-quality private high schools to over 2,200 Chicago students through scholarship assistance and educational support. Today more than 400 Murphy Scholars are enrolled at 80 partnership schools in Chicago and boarding schools across the country.Read More
Koya is proud to have partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to place Brian McCartan as their new Vice President for Finance. The UW is a leading research university with three campuses, a world-class academic medical center and extensive continuing education programs.
McCartan joins the UW Finance & Administration organization from Sound Transit where he served as Chief Financial Officer for the past 11 years. At Sound Transit, McCartan developed the financial plans for the $90 billion Sound Transit 2 and 3 programs. […]Read More
One of Dallas’ most respected education nonprofits, Big Thought works with partners across the city to provide creative learning programs that enrich the lives of youth from communities with the greatest need.Read More
Vanderbilt is a dynamic center of research, learning and growth. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vandebilt is a private research university of 6,300 undergrads and 5,300 grad/professional students.
Smetana comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Missouri system where he served as the Associate Vice President and Deputy Chief HR Officer.Read More
Elizabeth Hurley joins Lyric Opera of Chicago as Chief Development Officer, bringing more than 30 years of experience in arts administration with a deep working knowledge of fundraising strategy and execution.Read More
Williams will lead Easterseals as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019 as the country’s leading nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities, including Veterans, and their families.Read More
Koya congratulates the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the appointment of Lauren DiGrazia as its new Assistant Vice Provost and University Registrar.Read More
The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology is based on Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a nationally recognized arts and training center founded in 1969 by Bill Strickland.Read More
Davis will become the third President in CSW’s 26-year history. His selection was made after a national search overseen by Koya. Davis’ tenure at CSW will begin January 1, 2018.Read More
Eric Norman joins Saint Anselm from Curry College in Milton, Mass., where he served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on the appointment of David McDermott as its new Executive Director.Read More
Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search overseen by Koya.Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates STRIVE on the appointment of David Melendez as National Vice President, Development & Communications. Founded in 1984, STRIVE’s evidence-based services have helped over 70,000 individuals prepare for employment.Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Drug Policy Alliance on the appointment of Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno as Executive Director. The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.Read More
Koya congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on the appointment of Danielle Deane-Ryan as Director, Inclusive Clean Economy. Deane-Ryan’s selection was made after a national and thorough search overseen by Koya.Read More
Koya leadership partnered with the National Wildlife Refuge Association on its President search. Our work resulted in the placement of Geoffrey Haskett.Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) on the appointment of Michelle Piekutowski as its new Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) on naming Tamika Butler as Executive Director.Read More
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, […]Read More
Koya leadership partners congratulates the Trevor Project on the appointment of Amit Paley as its next CEO & Executive Director.Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates North Star Fund on naming Jennifer Ching as incoming Executive Director. Koya was delighted to partner with North Star Fund on this successful search.Read More
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.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The Barack Obama Foundation on its hiring of the Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis. Michael’s strong ties to both Chicago and the Obamas make him an ideal choice for this role.
To view the official press release, please click here.Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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.
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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 […]Read More
Meet Beth Swanson, Vice President of Strategy and Programs for The Joyce Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.
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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. […]
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to be partnering with The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation on the search for its first President & CEO.
To learn more or express your interest in this role, please click on the following link: The Ralph C.Wilson, Jr. Foundation President & CEO.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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/Read More
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.
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.comRead More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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.comRead More
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. […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More