Molly Brennan

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Molly Brennan

Founding Partner and Executive Vice President, Koya Leadership Partners
Managing Partner, Nonprofit Practice Co-Lead, Diversified Search

Molly joined Koya in its early years and has worked in close partnership with Founder and CEO Katie Bouton to grow the firm into a robust, global practice and one of Forbes top 25 Best Executive Recruiting Firms in America.

Molly oversees Koya’s executive search and client services functions and also leads a portfolio of CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. Molly serves as the Nonprofit Practice Co-Lead for Diversified Search and the firm’s Boston lead.

Molly has successful partnered with clients such as  Amnesty International USA, Habitat for Humanity, Turnaround for Children, Accion, New England Aquarium, FoodCorps, Jobs for the Future, Global Fund for Women, Women Moving Millions, Sierra Club, Drug Policy Alliance, Foundation for a Just Society, Heising-Simons Foundation, Feed the Truth, and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Molly’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Philanthropy News Digest, and Fast Company as well as by the Society for Human Resource Management. She recently authored The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directorswhich explores the persistent lack of diversity on nonprofit boards and offers actionable strategies for increasing board diversity and inclusion.

She began her career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, Molly was an Editor at LifeWorks, one of the nation’s leading Employee Assistance Programs, where she partnered with HR leaders to create custom content designed to improve employee engagement and satisfaction.

Guided by a strong belief in civic engagement, Molly has served on numerous boards nationally and locally, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Neighbor’s Table, a hunger relief organization in Massachusetts that aims to eliminate food insecurity in the communities it serves.

Molly earned her B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She has also completed a program in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University and is a Certified Diversity Recruiter. Molly is currently a member of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston.