Vice President, Executive Search
Based in San Francisco, Medelene brings more than 13 years of executive search experience in both nonprofit and private sectors. She brings experience with the full search lifecycle, from needs assessment and candidate development to client management.
Medelene has successfully helped recruit CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, CFOs and Vice Presidents for a wide range of mission-driven organizations. She has expertise working with cultural institutions, foundations, and professional organizations as well as with colleges and universities.
Prior to Koya, Medelene worked at Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search firm in the Technology, Media and Telecom Practice.
Her professional experience includes experience in Healthcare at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan where she supported executive searches for the National Leadership Team reporting to the CEO.
Medelene has also worked in Higher Ed at University of California, Berkeley supporting a wide range of departments, including Undergraduate Admissions, College of Letters and Sciences, Residential Student Service Programs, Services for International Students and Scholars, Budget and Planning, Lawrence Hall of Science and International & Area Studies.
Medelene began her career at a start-up boutique search firm, 1EXECSTREET, in the industrial sector, where she was trained in behavioral-based interviewing by Dr. Bob Chiron, author of “The Evaluation Interview.”
Medelene holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.