Koya Leadership Partners Taps Executive Director for Hubbard Street Dance

Executive recruitment firm Koya Leadership Partners has helped place the new executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

David McDermott, who currently serves as first deputy commissioner for Chicago’s cultural affairs and special events department, joins the professional dance company effective October 16.

Anne McCarthy, principal – executive search, and Alison Ranney, managing director who heads Koya’s Chicago office, co-led the four-month, national search.

Mr. McDermott will work in conjunction with Hubbard Street’s artistic director Glenn Edgerton. “Dave will make an exceptional partner as we move Hubbard Street into our 40th anniversary season and beyond,” said Mr. Edgerton. “I’m looking forward to guiding the company and working together to broaden our reach here in Chicago and internationally, and continue to expand our education, artist training, and artistic programming.”

Jason D. Palmquist, the previous executive director, left the dance company in February after 10 years with the organization.

A Strong Background

Mr. McDermott becomes the group’s fourth executive director since its inception. “Dave is deeply immersed in the arts culture of Chicago, having managed all aspects of an internationally recognized cultural organization,” said Marc Miller, Hubbard Street’s chairman of the board. “He understands the need for cultural institutions to remain relevant into the future.”

“Dave also understands problem solving and bringing teams together, and has revitalized some of Chicago’s premier cultural and civic events in the last six years. He is willing to challenge and to build – and he is committed to doing that in Chicago.”

In his position with the city, Mr. McDermott manages the daily workings of the department of cultural affairs and special events (DCASE). He has played a pivotal role in a number of major initiatives, Koya Leadership Partners said, such as creating the Chicago Cultural Plan, revitalizing the Taste of Chicago and helping ensure the success of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Veteran Recruiters

Koya’s Ms. McCarthy specializes in recruiting senior executives to non-profit organizations, cultural institutions and foundations across the country. She previously worked for another retained executive search firm and specialized in assignments for clients in the insurance and industrial manufacturing industries.

Before executive search, Ms. McCarthy was with the Kellogg Center for Non-profit Management at Northwestern University. There, she organized and managed custom and open-enrollment executive education programs focusing on leadership development, fundraising, innovation, marketing, and strategic planning for senior leaders of local and international nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Ranney partners with a broad range of clients including foundations, cultural institutions, membership organizations, other nonprofits, colleges and universities. She has successfully led searches at the CEO, president, executive director, dean, COO, CFO and VP levels as well as board members.

Ms. Ranney’s clients include the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Obama Foundation, the Art Institute of Chicago, the United Way and the American Red Cross. She also has deep expertise in higher education having led searches for the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Previously, Ms. Ranney was with Russell Reynolds Associates, where she led the development of the non-profit practice in the Midwest and received the firm’s inaugural award for excellence in client service.

An Advancing ‘Go-To’ Specialist Recruiter

Boston-based Koya Leadership Partners is a national executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. This year, the firm was recognized again as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon Media.

Koya has developed a national reputation for identifying executive directors and CEOs across the non-profit sector, including those for Hudson Webber Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, Glazer Children’s Museum, and Tourette Association of America, among many others.

Koya is currently leading searches for numerous clients in the arts and culture field, including Harvard Art Museums, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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