Melissa Madzel

Melissa Madzel
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Melissa Madzel

Managing Director, Executive Search

Based in New York City, Melissa leads and contributes to executive searches, mainly in the social justice community, as well as developing and deepening Koya’s relationships in the progressive movement.

Melissa is passionate about applying a social justice lens to all of her work. Dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, Melissa speaks regularly on the topic of career development for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.

Through her direct nonprofit work, Melissa developed a deep understanding of a variety of nonprofit roles and organizational cultures. Prior to joining Koya in 2015, she held positions including Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships with UNICEF USA; Corporate Partnerships Manager with Safe Horizon; Founding Corps Member and Program Manager with City Year New York; and Founding Chief of Staff with Cities of Service.

Melissa serves on the Advisory Council of Equity in the Center, a national initiative dedicated to creating a more diverse and equitable social sector talent pipeline. She is also active with Koya’s internal and external work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Melissa holds a Masters of Social Work from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. She earned her BA in Human Services and Theatre Performance from Northeastern University.