Senior Director, Research
Alena leads Koya’s research team, managing the team responsible for overseeing and growing Koya’s database of connectors and candidates. The Research Team works in partnership with Koya’s search teams to develop pipelines of candidates and connectors for each executive search and provide first-level outreach support. Alena oversees the Research Team’s creation of business development intelligence and industry and sector analysis and
market mapping. Alena works closely with search leads and teams, providing strategic advice and helping to promote best practices and knowledge sharing across teams.
Previously, Alena served as the Director of Outreach and as a Principal at Koya. She has led all aspects of the executive search lifecycle, from candidate development to partnering with clients in the placement of top talent. Alena has led searches for Bottom Line, Heading Home and Genesys Works, among others.
Alena has deep experience managing both client and candidate relationships. Prior to joining Koya, Alena served as Director of Talent at New Profit, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund, where she provided full cycle talent acquisition and recruitment expertise for roles across all levels and functions of the organization. At New Profit she also helped manage other aspects of talent, including onboarding, performance management, and professional development.
Alena began her career with recruiting roles at two search firms specializing in supporting the nonprofit sector.
Alena earned a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.