Kara Teising

Kara Teising

Kara Teising

Managing Director, Executive Search

Kara has over fifteen years of dedicated experience in the mission-driven executive search space. Based in Nashville, her expertise lies in leading searches for C-Suite and executive-level roles in senior leadership, development, marketing, communications and program for nonprofits, private foundations, corporate foundations, and mission-driven private sector companies.

She has experience recruiting for a broad range of clients and has earned the respect of numerous notable national and international organizations working to affect positive change, including Earthjustice, BoardSource, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish®, and The Volgenau Foundation.  Prior to joining Koya, Kara served as Partner at DHR International/Jobplex.  Previous to DHR/Jobplex, Kara served as Partner and Leader of the Nonprofit Practice of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.

Before ThinkingAhead, Kara spent six award-winning years as a sales person and sales manager with their parent company, Southwestern Advantage. Actively involved in her Nashville community, Kara is an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council and a past Board member of the Nashville Repertory Theatre (formerly the Tennessee Repertory Theatre). She serves as the current Nominating and Governance Committee Chair on the Board of Directors for the Sonoran Institute.  She is also a member of the American Society of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Kara holds a B.S in Speech Communication with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from James Madison University.