Koya in the News

Kristen Shepherd Named New Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on naming Kristen Shepherd, an innovative leader in the art world who has expanded community engagement at museums in Los Angeles and New York, as its new Director. We were delighted to be involved in this successful search.

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA), founded in 1965, is a leading cultural force in the Tampa Bay Area. With its encyclopedic collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization, the […]

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Awards and Recognition

Katie Bouton named 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO

We are thrilled to share the news that SmartCEO has named Katie Bouton, Founder & CEO of Koya Leadership Partners, as a 2016 Boston Brava Award winner.

The Brava Awards celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. An independent committee of local business leaders select winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring selects winners.

Guided by the philosophy that “The right person in the right place can change the world,” Katie founded […]

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Declare your Ambition – Koya Partners with IGNITE for PSA

Koya is thrilled to partner with IGNITE as a sponsor of the “We All Belong Here” video, a Public Service Announcement aimed at encouraging young women to one day run for political office. The video is part of a larger campaign called #DeclareYourAmbition.

As the country makes history with the nomination of the first female President, IGNITE is building a national movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. The short, yet […]

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Longtime media executive Terry O’Reilly joins Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation as its first CEO

Koya is thrilled by the recruitment of Terry O’Reilly as the first CEO of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PCBC), the two leading public radio stations WESA and WYEP in Pittsburgh. We were honored to have partnered with the Board of PCBC on this national search.

O’Reilly’s appointment follows the recent consolidation of WESA and WYEP governance into a single public media entity positioned for continued growth in broadcast audience, digital distribution and community engagement.

A multiple award-winning producer, journalist and executive, O’Reilly […]

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Rodney P. McClendon Joins Carnegie Mellon University as Vice President for Operations

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) on hiring Rodney P. McClendon, a senior administrator with more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education, as its new Vice President for Operations. We are honored to have partnered with CMU on this successful search.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon is a private, global research university. Internationally renowned in fields such as artificial intelligence, the performing arts, brain science, technology-enhanced learning, cybersecurity, design, robotics, and big data, CMU challenges […]

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Brian Hanson Joins Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Vice President for Studies

Koya is pleased to have partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, recently ranked “the #1 “Think Tank to Watch” worldwide” to recruit Brian Hanson as its new Vice President for Studies. Brian will lead the Council’s expanding team of experts who provide insight on critical global issues. 

Brian comes to the Council from the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University where he has served most recently as its Director of Programs, Research and Strategic Planning. The Buffett Institute […]

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Natural Resources Defense Council Names Anders Yang as Chief Development Officer

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on hiring Anders Yang as its new Chief Development Officer. We are honored to be involved in this successful executive search.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; […]

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Angelique Power joins The Field Foundation of Illinois as President

Koya is thrilled by the recruitment of Angelique Power as the President of The Field Foundation of Illinois. We were honored to have partnered with the Board of The Field Foundation of Illinois on this search.

The Board of Directors at The Field Foundation of Illinois announced the selection of Angelique Power as its new President.  As President, Power, a Chicago native, is responsible for collaborating with the Board and staff to achieve its core mission of strengthening Chicago through supporting community, […]

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The Hudson-Webber Foundation Names Melanca Clark as Next President and CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The Hudson-Webber Foundation on hiring Melanca Clark as its next President and CEO.

Located in Detroit, Michigan,The Hudson-Webber Foundation (“Foundation”) is dedicated to improving the vitality and quality of life of the metropolitan Detroit community. The Foundation concentrates its giving primarily within the city of Detroit. The revitalization of Detroit’s urban core is a particular interest because this area is a focus for community activity and pride and is of critical importance to the vitality of the entire metropolitan community.

Ms. Clark joins the Foundation from Washington, D.C. where she currently serves the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Chief of Staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office), a grant-making component of the DOJ, overseeing the office’s administration of nearly $1 billion in active grants. She will assume her new role in August 2016.

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Delta Institute names Bill Schleizer as President & CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Delta Institute on hiring Bill Schleizer as its President & CEO after a national search. Located in Chicago, IL, Delta Institute is a nonprofit that works to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions. Delta takes a holistic approach to sustainability, finding opportunities to link improvement in environmental quality to economic development.

Schleizer has been the organization’s Managing Director for the past five years. In his 11 years at Delta Institute, Schleizer has led projects related […]

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Tourette Association of America names John Miller as President and CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Tourette Association of America on the hiring of its new President and CEO, John Miller.

The Tourette Association of America is the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community. As the President and CEO of the Tourette Association, Mr. Miller will use his diversified executive experience to enhance the Association’s mission to raise awareness, fund research and provide ongoing support for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.

“I look forward to beginning a new […]

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David O. Egner Named President and CEO of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Koya Leadership Partners is thrilled by the recruitment of David O. Egner as the President and CEO of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. We were honored to have partnered with the Life Trustees of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation on this search.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a new $1.2 billion foundation focused on providing maximum positive impact on the communities and people of Southeastern Michigan and Western New York.

David brings more than 25 years of experience […]

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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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Veteran Search Consultant Michelle Bonoan joins Koya Leadership Partners, will lead company’s expansion on West Coast

LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2015) – Koya Leadership Partners is pleased to announce that Michelle Bonoan, an accomplished search executive with nearly 20 years of recruiting experience, has joined as Managing Director, Executive Search. In her new role, Bonoan will lead Koya Leadership Partners’ expansion in Los Angeles and help support its growing number of West Coast non-profit clients.

Bonoan has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As a specialist serving the Education, Not-for-Profit, and Arts […]

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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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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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Public Radio International (PRI) names Alison Ranney to its Board of Director

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 28, 2015 — Public Radio International (PRI) announces the appointment of Alison P. Ranney to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ranney leads the Chicago office of Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained search and human capital consulting firm dedicated to serving the nonprofit field. She has a decade of experience in executive search with Koya and the global recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Ranney has a vibrant national practice partnering with a broad range of nonprofit clients […]

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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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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

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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