Practice Area: Nonprofit And Arts & Culture

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity

As the Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity, Maureen Alphonse-Charles provides vision, leadership, and coordination for DSG’s efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across all aspects of the organization’s work. A pioneer in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, she has more than 20 years of experience leading complex executive search, consulting, finance, development, and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. Alphonse-Charles views her role as that of someone who helps organizations find cohesion around a common set of goals by serving as a mentor, coach, and facilitator.

In addition to this role, Alphonse-Charles also serves in a managing director capacity for Koya Partners, part of the Diversified Search Group. Her clients include The KIPP Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and New World Symphony. She has also partnered with a range of corporate clients such as J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust, and Deloitte, as well as nonprofit organizations like the YWCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Mass, Inc.

Before coming to Koya, Alphonse-Charles was Senior Vice President and COO of The Partnership, a consulting firm that builds cross-sector multicultural and diverse leadership talent. Prior to joining The Partnership, she built leadership teams in her role as Vice President of Recruitment at City Year. Previously, she served as Managing Director at the global search firm Horton International, building the firm’s philanthropic practice and financial services, and was a partner and co-head of the Diversity Practice at the global firm Whitehead Mann Pendleton James.

The recipient of numerous awards for her work, Alphonse-Charles was honored in 2019 by the YW Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers, which recognizes some of Boston’s brightest, boldest, and most influential women. She has been honored as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women by Women of the Harvard Club, and as a Local Woman of Influence by the Boston Business Journal. Alphonse-Charles also served as the first African-American President The Boston Club, the longest-standing organization in the Northeast focused on the advancement of women’s leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 617.294.5670

E-Mail: mcharles@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts—Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University

Bachelor of Arts—International Relations

Boston University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MICHELLE BONOAN

Managing Director

MICHELLE BONOAN

Managing Director

Michelle Bonoan is a Managing Director at the Diversified Search Group through Koya Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019. Previously, Bonoan served as a managing director at Diversified Search from 2011 to 2013.

With more than 20 years of experience as a search consultant, Bonoan has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As a specialist serving the education, nonprofit, and arts and culture sectors, she has successfully completed searches for CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, and Chief Financial Officers, as well as for key posts in fundraising and program management, among other positions.

Bonoan’s clients include organizations dedicated to education, social services, arts and culture, children and family services, the environment, and health-related issues, as well as prominent educational institutions, such as research and private universities, small liberal arts colleges, and independent college preparatory schools. The American Red Cross, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California Institute of Technology, University of California, the Walt Disney Family Foundation, and the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West are just a few of her many marquee clients.

Before joining Koya, Bonoan was a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, where she was a core member of the Education, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise practice. She began her career in executive search in 1996 with a boutique retained executive search firm based in Los Angeles serving education institutions, nonprofits, and national corporations, ultimately assuming the role of Vice President and Education & Nonprofit Practice Leader. Later, she worked for a national search firm where she opened the Southern California office dedicated to the education and nonprofit sectors.

CONTACT

Phone: 310.844.8441

E-Mail: mbonoan@koyapartners.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

California State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

Molly Brennan is Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit at Diversified Search Group, a portfolio of wholly-owned boutique search firms serving specialized sectors. Brennan is the leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Practice and served as the Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at Koya Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019.

As Practice Leader, Brennan works to marshal Diversified Search Group’s deep experience in the nonprofit sector to deliver exceptional results for clients.

Brennan joined Koya Partners in its early years and today leads a portfolio of CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. Her clients have included Amnesty International USA, Southern Poverty Law Center, Sierra Club, Women Moving Millions, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among many others.

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.

Brennan began her career as a journalist, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, she served as a Senior 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. She 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.

She has also completed a program in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University, is a Certified Diversity Recruiter, and an alum of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston that is focused on racial equity.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.1296

E-Mail: mbrennan@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director, Connected Leadership Practice; Marketing & Communications

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director, Connected Leadership Practice; Marketing & Communications

Heather Campion is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Campion manages the Connected Leadership practice, which provides strategic consulting for leaders to help them build more meaningful reputations around their larger purpose. This includes developing and connecting them with influential networks and building affinity with key stakeholders in order to achieve greater impact and business success.

Campion has broad experience at the highest levels of public, private, and nonprofit institutions. She has expertise in public affairs, including media and communications, marketing sponsorships, charitable giving, and government relations.

A recognized leader in women’s advancement throughout her career, Campion is past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, serves on the board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, and is a senior adviser to the Women in Leadership program at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Campion was the first woman to serve as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and subsequently founded and led Mount Vernon Strategies. Previously, she spent many years in banking. She served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Citizens Financial Group, and later took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer at Northeast Bancorp, where she co-founded ableBanking, an innovative online savings division with a charitable affinity program.

Campion began her career in politics and government, first serving in the Carter White House and subsequently joining Harvard’s Kennedy School, where she held many leadership positions throughout its early development. She was the Kennedy School’s first Director of Public Liaison, and, early on, helped build the Center for Business and Government. She also led the JFK Jr. Forum and was Associate Director of the Institute of Politics.

Campion has served on numerous private and nonprofit boards and currently is on the boards of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, AAA Northeast, and on the President’s Advisory Boards of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Partners Health Care.

CONTACT

Phone: 617.279.8593

E-Mail: Heather.Campion@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

BA - American History

Mount Holyoke College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

Alex Corvin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Corvin specializes in recruiting Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and other senior executives for 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, Corvin leads much of Koya Partners’ work in the Bay Area in addition to having a robust national practice. Corvin joined Koya Partners from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she helped build the Nonprofit and Education practice in the Midwest and worked with leading nonprofits across the country and around the world.

Her clients in the philanthropy sector include the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, as well as community foundations such as the San Francisco Foundation and the Marin Community Foundation. Corvin 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, she 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. Corvin 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.

Corvin 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.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.604.4499

E-Mail: acorvin@koyapartners.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Masters of Education

University of Southern California

BA - Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

Marissa Delgado is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With nearly 15 years in the executive search industry, she has successfully led executive and senior-level leadership recruitments across functions and industries.

At Koya, Delgado leads a portfolio of executive-level searches. She has deep expertise in social and human services, organizations with global reach, and with health-related nonprofits. Her clients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, JDRF, After School Matters, Opportunity International, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and National Safety Council.

Prior to joining Koya, Delgado served as Vice President, Global Research for search firm DHR International. A key leader in the development of the firm’s education and nonprofit practice, she was also responsible for overall management of DHR International’s global search execution and was instrumental in the expansion of the firm into Asia, Europe, and South America. Deeply committed to client service, she was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence at DHR multiple times.

Delgado’s commitment to the mission-driven field was cemented early in her career, when she worked at Christopher House, a nationally recognized social service organization in Chicago that supports low-income families.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2754

E-Mail: mdelgado@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

BA - Communication Studies

Marquette University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

KIM DUKES

Managing Director

KIM DUKES

Managing Director

Kim Dukes is a recognized expert on strategic diversity recruiting and inclusive business practices. Prior to joining Koya/DSG, she worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist where she was responsible for dismantling bias in the hiring process and hiring leaders for the organization.  During the Covid 19 pandemic, her work expanded to keeping an equity lens on the medical center’s internal and external work during the pandemic. She also co-founded  DSP Executive Search, a veteran-owned (Navy) diversity search firm that helped organizations address their talent pool gaps and assisted them in building, recruiting, and hiring balanced workforces.

 

For the past 25 years, Kim has recruited, hired, and trained candidates for managerial and executive roles, trained corporate recruiters on the art of inclusive recruiting, and served as a consultant and strategic partner to help organizations build sustainable diversity programs. Kim is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) – where she is a member of the Diversity Advisory Committee and past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Community Forum. Kim is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP), and a 2021 graduate of McKinsey Academy’s Black Executive Leadership Program.

 

Her work has been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and the Boston Business Journal. She is a LeadBoston 2012 alumni and was named Northeast HR Association 2014 Volunteer of the Year. She sits on the board of Trustees for Youth Enrichment Services (YES) and her commitment to youth made her the recipient of a Strong Women Strong Girls’ Spark Award. She also received an individual award for Leaders in Diversity by the Boston Business Journal for her dedication, commitment, and outstanding contribution to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity within organizations. Kim was recently awarded the Northeast HR Association Frank X. McCarthy Diversity Champion Award for 2021.

 

Kim’s practice focusses on DEI and Human Resources Leadership Roles.

CONTACT

Phone: (617) 465-2901

E-Mail: kdukes@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

STEVE EDWARDS

Managing Director

STEVE EDWARDS

Managing Director

Steve is an experienced leader who has served in a variety of senior leadership and content creation roles in media, civic engagement, and higher education.

Most recently, he was Chief Content Officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Chicago’s NPR News station and the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Serial, and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

During his tenure as Chief Content Officer, Steve led an ambitious increase in the organization’s commitment to original reporting and digital content, doubling the size of the newsroom, boosting investigative journalism, and increasing coverage of race, class, and communities. Under his leadership, WBEZ achieved record audience ratings across platforms and launched an array of acclaimed programs, podcasts, and digital products.

From September 2019 through October 2020, he also served as the organization’s interim CEO, navigating the challenges of the COVID crisis while strengthening culture, deepening community engagement, and expanding the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

From 2012 to 2017, Steve helped launch and lead the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, a non-partisan program devoted to cultivating the next generation of public service leaders. As Executive Director, he oversaw all programming and operational duties, including public events, professional fellowships, and career and civic engagement programs. In addition, he co-designed and led the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service and launched The Axe Files podcast in partnership with former presidential advisor David Axelrod and CNN.

Previously, Steve spent nearly 20 years as an award-winning journalist, producer, and program host. As a journalist, his work has appeared on the BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS, and numerous public radio stations around the United States. He is also the recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Grand Award in Radio from the National Headliner Club, the RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as awards from The Associated Press, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and UPI, among others.

Steve is a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy and serves as a facilitator and steering committee member of Chicago 200, an annual leadership program that convenes a diverse array of young leaders from across the Chicagoland area.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Invisible Institute, the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, and The Obsidian Collection.

Steve earned his B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.676.3976

E-Mail: sedwards@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Executive Program for Emerging Leaders

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Knight-Wallace Fellow, Burton R. Benjamin Fellowship

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Amherst College

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

PETER J. GILLIN

Managing Director

PETER J. GILLIN

Managing Director

Peter J. Gillin is a Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice, specializing in secondary education with  Diversified Search Group.

Gillin has spent his entire career in education, as a teacher, coach, administrator, and now as a search executive identifying and placing highly qualified professionals in key education leadership roles. He began his career at the Episcopal High School of Virginia, where he served in various roles, including as a teacher in the Department of English, dormitory head, and coach (lacrosse, soccer, squash). Later, he was part of the senior administrative team at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, where his titles included dean of students and director of residential life. While there, he served on the school’s Diversity Committee, taught American and British literature, and coached lacrosse and squash.

Using his deep roots in secondary education in an entirely new way, Gillin then entered the executive search industry. Before joining Diversified Search in 2017, he worked as a consultant for Princeton, N.J.-based Wickenden Associates, where as a senior search consultant he recruited and placed both heads of schools and divisions in independent schools around the country. He was also involved in working with boards to develop best practices and onboarding for senior leaders.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3556

E-Mail: Peter.Gillin@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Education, School Administration and Supervision

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts, English and History

University of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

Nicole Kamaleson is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She has over 20 years of experience working with global mission-driven organizations advising in governance, human capital, organizational development, and a variety of C-suite leadership transitions. She has expertise across many sectors, including philanthropy, impact investing and inclusive finance, international NGOs, think tanks, research, human rights, sustainability and the environment. She has lived overseas for most of her professional career; ten years in Eastern Europe, six in Kenya and over a year in the UK.  Her work has spanned the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Kamaleson’s focus is on expanding Koya’s work for organizations with a global mission whether in the US or abroad.

Kamaleson has led senior executive searches at the Board, CEO, C-suite, Vice President, and regional and country director levels internationally. Recent representative clients include Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, European Foundation Centre, Greenpeace, MCE Social Capital, Reporters Without Borders, Barça Foundation, National Audubon Society, Rise Against Hunger, Possible Health, JA Africa and Chicago Council on Global Affairs, among others.

Professionally, she has worked with boards and search committees in nearly all of her assignments. She actively participated in the Harvard Business School’s Program on Board Leadership as well as the Policy Governance training model with John & Miriam Carver. She is currently active in the Govern for Impact global network.

Kamaleson has been invited to speak at various globally-focused venues, including Maxwell School’s Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University, InterAction International on Growing Your Own Talent, Ronald McDonald House’s Global Leadership Conference on the Candidate-Driven Marketplace, Global Impact Investing Network’s Investor Forum, on diversity, equity and inclusion, and Mission Investors Exchange Institute, on aligning organizational culture.

She has served in leadership capacities in organizational development, governance, board development, and senior human resources roles with globally focused organizations, and presently serves on the board of the Global Fund for Children.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.877.0830

E-Mail: nkamaleson@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

MA - Human Resources Development

Azusa Pacific University

Bachelors of Business Administration

University of Sioux Falls

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

DAVID KUGURU

Managing Director

DAVID KUGURU

Managing Director

David Kuguru is a Managing Director in the Corporate and Technology Practice with Diversified Search Group based in the Washington DC office.

With a 20+ year global career, Kuguru has worked in entrepreneurial startups, the corporate world and strategic consulting. His seasoned experience with global teams includes hiring executives, managing matrix teams, assessing market strategy and partnering with C-level decision-makers in Fortune 500s and global multinationals. Additionally, Kuguru has worked on digital solutions such as IoT Innovation, Mobile Payments and Telco technologies that impact the Future-of-Work and Tech-for-Good. Moreover, he has worked in numerous corporate organizational structures, go-to-market strategies and operating models. The confluence of Kuguru’s industry and advisory experience will provide unique insight and diverse perspective in the search for new strategic leaders in our changing world.

Whether working for or partnering with, Kuguru has experience with 30+ global corporations and institutions such as Sprint/T-Mobile, Dimension Data (NTT), PepsiCo, International Finance Corporation, Arizona State University, Vodafone and the United Nations (UN). He has held prior roles with progressive leadership responsibility including Global Client Partner, Head of Sales, Strategic Advisor and Director. Furthermore, Kuguru has lived and worked in multiple global cities such as Johannesburg, New York and Washington DC.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.313.8316

E-Mail: David.Kuguru@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Liberal Arts

University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Business Administration - Global Economic Development

Eastern University

Master of Science - Biology

Messiah College

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE TECHNOLOGY

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

Elizabeth Lombard is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With over two decades of recruitment expertise in both the nonprofit and private sectors, she brings tenured experience with the full lifecycle of executive search, from needs assessment and candidate development to client management. Lombard specializes in mission-driven leadership searches and philanthropy executive searches for DSG clients nationwide.

Lombard has successfully recruited CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, CFOs, Vice Presidents, and other senior leaders for a diverse range of mission-driven organizations. She has expertise working with many mission-based organizations including conservation and environmental, reproductive rights, social justice, healthcare, and education organizations.

Lombard has directed leadership level searches for The Trust for Public Land, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Women’s Health Coalition, Innovations for Poverty Action, The Philadelphia Zoo, ActBlue, National Women’s Law Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, NASTAD, Last Mile Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, in addition to other select nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

Prior to joining Koya, Lombard served as Vice President of Executive Search for a large philanthropic consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations throughout the Northeast. Her professional experience also includes five years in healthcare, supporting global sales efforts as well as human resources for the Medical Division of Siemens USA Corporation.

She is active in her local community and has served on many local boards. She is a former Board Member of New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and member of AFP and AHP.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.375.7515

E-Mail: llombard@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Associates - Communications

Champlain College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

Melissa Madzel is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Based in New York City, she leads and contributes to executive searches, mainly in the social justice community, as well as developing and deepening Koya and DSG’s relationships in the progressive movement.

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

Through her direct nonprofit work, Madzel developed a deep understanding of a variety of nonprofit roles and organizational cultures. Prior to joining Koya Partners 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.

Madzel 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 DSG’s internal and external work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

CONTACT

Phone: 914.205.7770

E-Mail: mmadzel@koyapartners.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Masters of Social Work

University of Pennsylvania

BA - Human Sciences and Theatre Performance

Northeastern University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

ANNE MCCARTHY

Managing Director

ANNE MCCARTHY

Managing Director

Anne McCarthy brings deep executive search experience partnering with a broad range of mission-driven clients active in the fields of philanthropy, arts & culture, conservation & environment, social services, membership organizations and beyond.

Anne has successfully led searches for CEOs, Presidents, Directors, Executive Directors and Board members in addition to searches for a variety of functional roles, including CFOs, COOs, CMOs and program officers.

In philanthropy, clients include the Obama Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Fidelity Foundations, the Field Foundation of Illinois, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation, and the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Anne has deep experience in the field of arts and culture.  She has partnered with the following clients, among others, on CEO and Director searches: Academy of Arts and Sciences, Arts Midwest, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Chicago Botanic Garden, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Kohl Children’s Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Naples Botanic Garden, The Newark Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.  She has also partnered with Chicago Public Media, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Newark Museum, and Window to the World Communications (WTTW/WFMT), among others, to recruit C-suite executives.

Within health & human services and education, Anne has led CEO and c-suite searches for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Cradles to Crayons, Easterseals National, Innovations for Learning, the Latin School of Chicago, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, United Way and the University of Chicago.

A common thread throughout Anne’s work is a proven commitment to understanding her clients’ unique needs while facilitating a proactive, thoughtful, hands-on and customized process that ensures a successful placement. This commitment includes candid and direct guidance around diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives as they relate to both recruitment and the organizational capacity needed to support and realize these efforts at the Board and staff level.

Anne’s success in ensuring the right match is demonstrated by the retention rate of the executives she has placed: since joining Koya Partners more than six years ago, more than 96% of her placements remain in their roles.

Prior to joining Koya, Anne worked for a retained executive search firm and specialized in assignments for clients in the Insurance and Industrial industries.

Anne began her career at the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University. There, she managed executive education programming focused on leadership development, fundraising, innovation, marketing and strategic planning.

Anne earned her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2753

E-Mail: amccarthy@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Marketing

University of Illinois-Chicago

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

Tom Phillips is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group, where he specializes in leading Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and other senior executive searches for higher education clients across the country.

Phillips partners with a broad range of clients, including large public and private research institutions, small, private liberal arts colleges, and Jesuit and other faith-based colleges and universities. He has successfully led searches for Vice Presidents for every administrative function, including Human Resources, IT, Facilities, Finance, and Student Affairs, Deans, and Athletic Directors.

Prior to joining Koya, Phillips worked with a boutique higher education executive search firm. Before moving into the executive search world, he worked for a decade in student affairs in higher education at the University of Michigan, Oregon State University, and Colorado State University.

CONTACT

Phone: 970.231.2335

E-Mail: tphillips@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Education

Colorado State University

BS - Criminology

Florida State University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

Alison P. Ranney is a Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge as well as Co-Leader of the CEO Practice at Diversified Search Group.  Alison was formerly Managing Partner at Koya Partners, which became a member of Diversified Search Group in 2019. She specializes in leading CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. She is the Office Managing Director of the firms’ Chicago office.

Ranney partners with a broad range of clients, including foundations, cultural institutions, membership organizations, other nonprofits, colleges, and universities. She has successfully led searches at the CEO, President, Executive Director, Dean, COO, CFO, and VP levels. Her board practice work includes both private sector and nonprofit clients.

Ranney’s work has been featured in numerous publications over the years.  A 2017 cover story in Crain’s profiling Koya’s efforts to strengthen and diversify senior leadership at mission-driven clients in the Chicago area and nationally noted that, “Koya Leadership Partners’ Alison Ranney is remaking what leadership looks like across the country.”

Prior to joining Koya, Ranney served as an Executive Recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates. There, she led the development of the Nonprofit practice in the Midwest and received the firm’s inaugural award for Excellence in Client Service.

Ranney began her career at Skadden, Arps as a corporate attorney with a focus on M&A. Prior, she served as a vice president of the real estate development firm responsible for Prairie Crossing, the award-winning conservation community, and as an executive with AT&T Wireless.

With a strong commitment to civic involvement, Ranney has served on numerous boards nationally and locally. Interested in public media, she has been a Director and served on the Executive Committees at Public Radio International as well as Chicago Public Media/WBEZ. She has also served on the boards of the Goodman Theatre, City Year Chicago, Ryerson Woods Conservation Area, Forefront, and World Business Chicago.

Ranney has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and the Alumni Council of Phillips Andover Academy, her alma maters. Ranney is a Director of Wintrust Bank, where she is active on the Audit and Compensation & Nominating Committees.

Ranney is a member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, and The Chicago Network. Earlier in her career, she was selected as an “Emerging Leader” by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2751

E-Mail: aranney@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate

University of Chicago Law School

Masters of Business Administration

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Bachelor of Arts - Urban Studies

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

Erin Reedy is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She conducts searches for leading mission-driven clients across the nonprofit sector. With a prior career in community development finance and a deep commitment to the nonprofit sector, Reedy enjoys establishing strong client relationships and has significant experience working in the philanthropy, education and social services spaces, among others.

Reedy’s clients have included The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Jumpstart, Financial Health Network, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. In her 14-year career in executive search, she has conducted more than 250 searches for CEO, Executive Director and other senior level roles.

Reedy has particular expertise leading searches for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other organizations working in affordable housing and community and economic development. She worked for 11 years at the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, where she oversaw multifamily development that resulted in the financing and construction of over 200 new affordable housing units annually, as well as the preservation and renovation of 2,000 existing affordable housing units each year.

Reedy’s background also includes work in nonprofit public relations, community outreach, research, and special projects. She serves on the Board of Directors for AFFIRM, a nonprofit founded by the medical community to address gun violence in the United States from a public health perspective.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.961.0392

E-Mail: ereedy@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Public Administration

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

BA - Political Science

The College of the Holy Cross

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

Cassie Scarano is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She joined Koya Partners following Koya’s acquisition of Commongood Careers, where she was Founder and CEO. A seasoned nonprofit leader and search expert, at Commongood Careers Scarano led all aspects of organizational strategy and operations while also personally managing over 100 searches and overseeing more than 1,000 searches for innovative mission-driven organizations across the country.

In addition to her search work, Scarano has served as a thought leader for the sector, creating and conducting training sessions on effective nonprofit recruiting and hiring, integrating an equity lens into the recruiting and hiring process, and conducting an effective job search in the social sector. In 2015, she partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation to create LeaderLink, an innovative program to recruit and select senior-level leaders from the private sector to participate in a training program to prepare them to transition into leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.

Prior to Commongood Careers, Scarano held a variety of senior leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, giving her a valuable perspective when partnering with nonprofit leaders on talent-related issues. As the Dean of Admissions at The Steppingstone Foundation, she led the team recruiting and selecting students and families for a rigorous academic enrichment and college access program. Early in her career, she served as Director of Summerbridge Cambridge (now Breakthrough Greater Boston) where she helped grow the program by 40 percent.

Scarano is an advisor to Equity in the Center and a former board member of Breakthrough Cambridge, where she served as co-chair of the governance committee and member of the expansion committee. She is also an alumnus of LeadBoston.

CONTACT

Phone: 781.349.6683

E-Mail: cscarano@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Boston University

MA - Education

Boston University

BA - Sociology

Northwestern University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

Beth Schaefer is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 20 years of corporate experience in human resources roles and over a decade of search experience in the corporate and higher education fields, Schaefer specializes in searches for senior administrative and academic leadership roles in human resources, financial management, enrollment management, institutional research, deans, and other areas of academic administration.

Schaefer has led searches for Boston College, Emory University, Ithaca College, Penn State University, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Seattle University, Stony Brook University, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina, Wayne State University, the University of Washington and Yale University, among others.

Prior to joining Koya, Schaefer spent five years with Neumann Executive Search Partners (formerly Brill Neumann Associates), first as a senior consultant and later as principal. At Neumann, she developed a wide network of contacts through her work in a variety of areas across academic and administrative leadership roles.

Previously, Schaefer worked as a search consultant at a regional search firm focused on human resources leadership roles. Prior to moving into executive search, she served in a variety of corporate human resources positions.

Schaefer is an active member of Boston-area human resources organizations, local community arts and environmental sustainability organizations, and volunteers at a women’s shelter.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.775.3677

E-Mail: bschaefer@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Simmons University

BS - Business

Providence College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

Amy Sugin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She brings with her over two decades of higher education administration experience in enrollment management, program management, and international education. She joined Koya after serving as Principal at Neumann Executive Search (formerly, Brill Neumann Associates) when the two firms merged. She is based in New York City.

Sugin has led searches for Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Fordham University, Rutgers, Yale, New York University, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of North Carolina, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Northwestern University, Saint Joseph’s University, Tufts University, and Princeton University, among others.

Prior, Sugin served as Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the Cardozo School of Law, developing and overseeing postgraduate programs and study abroad opportunities for law students. Her background informs her practice in a wide range of areas, including finance, budget, student affairs, international programs, enrollment management, and academic administration.

Sugin has held leadership positions in academic advising at Queens College and in enrollment management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School.

CONTACT

Phone: 347.828.0344

E-Mail: asugin@koyapartners.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

MA - Higher Education Administration

New York University

BA - English Literature

Binghamton University

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

Trisha Sutrisno is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit executive search, she specializes in executive searches for leading social justice and advocacy organizations nationwide. In this role, Sutrisno is responsible for all aspects of the executive search cycle, from candidate development to placing and onboarding top talent. She is based in Sarasota, Florida.

A certified diversity recruiter, Sutrisno brings a strong focus on equity to her searches. Representative and recent clients include MoveOn, March for Our Lives, Legal Aid Society, and the Vera Institute of Justice. Of particular note, she has led 11 leadership searches for various ACLU affiliates across the country, including a number of affiliates based in the Deep South.

Inspired by her search work and lived experience as a woman of color, Sutrisno is a committed organizer and activist for progressive political issues, specifically voting rights, racial justice, and gun violence prevention. She mobilizes funds and people through social media and online advocacy, with a strong focus on building civic action and dialogue among voters in swing states.

Prior to her role at Koya Partners, Sutrisno spent six years on the executive search team at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.3942

E-Mail: tsutrisno@koyapartners.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

BS - Labor and Industrial Relations

Penn State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

Kara Teising is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She has over 16 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 American Rivers, Outdoor Industry Association, BoardSource, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish®, and the Volgenau Foundation.

Teising joined Koya from the executive recruiting firm DHR International/Jobplex, where she served as a Partner.  She has also served as Partner and Nonprofit Practice Lead of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.

Earlier in her career, Teising spent six-award winning years as a salesperson and sales manager with Southwestern Advantage, the parent company of ThinkingAhead.

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).

CONTACT

Phone: 629.802.3928

E-Mail: kteising@koyapartners.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

BS - Speech Communication, Conflict Resolution

James Madison University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

Naree W.S. Viner is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Based in the New York metro area, she has deep experience in executive recruiting, with an exclusive focus on mission-driven clients.

For more than 15 years, Viner has placed seasoned executives as well as next-generation leaders in critical roles for a variety of clients. She has partnered closely with board members at prominent public and private organizations to identify, develop, and evaluate executive talent, recruiting chief executives and senior team members at regional, national, and international art, education, and social service organizations.

Widely regarded as one of the leading search consultants in the field and possessing particular expertise working with art museums and cultural institutions, Viner has placed many accomplished museum leaders across the US. Her clients include: the American Folk Art Museum; Buffalo Museum of Science; the Clark Art Institute; the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Harvard Art Museums; Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens; Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; the Menil Collection; the Museum of the City of New York; Phoenix Art Museum; the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of American History, and National Portrait Gallery; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Prior to joining Koya, Viner worked at global search firms Korn Ferry and Heidrick & Struggles. She started her search career at a boutique generalist firm in Pasadena, co-leading the firm’s education and nonprofit practice.

Viner began her career at the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she was a principal developer of one of the first websites featuring art images and associated educational materials for K-12 teachers. She also spent time in the dot-com arena, serving as producer for the parent channel of a K-12 education web portal and manager of instructional design at an online executive education company. In addition, she served as a senior project manager at Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit organization offering childcare services, research, and advocacy in support of families in South Los Angeles.

CONTACT

Phone: 310.435.9619

E-Mail: nviner@koyapartners.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

MA - Art History

University of Washington

BA - Art History

Williams College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE