Managing Director, Executive Search
Alex specializes in recruiting Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and other senior executives to mission-driven clients. She partners with a broad range of clients in the fields of philanthropy, arts & culture, social services, and membership organizations, among others.
Based in San Francisco, she leads much of Koya’s work in the Bay Area in addition to having a robust national practice. Alex has worked closely with Koya’s leadership over the past six years during a period of intense growth for the firm. She joined Koya as a founding member of the Chicago Office before moving to San Francisco.
Alex joined Koya from Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search firm. At Russell Reynolds, she helped build the Nonprofit and Education practice in the Midwest and worked with leading nonprofits across the country and around the world.
Representative clients in philanthropy include the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and community foundations including the San Francisco Foundation and the Marin Community Foundation. Alex has successfully recruited the Presidents of membership associations including Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers for Education, and the National Public Education Support Fund. In social services, Alex has partnered extensively with the United Way in multiple cities and worked with the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area, among others. Alex has deep experience with a range of cultural institutions, from large civic institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago to specialized museums like the Rubin Museum as well as leading regional museums.
Alex began her career in education, working in low-income communities as a school counselor. In that role, she specialized in working with high school students making the transition to college.
Alex is based in her home town of San Francisco, where her family has lived for four generations.
Alex holds an MEd from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.