Managing Director

Molly Brennan is a Managing Director at The Diversified Search Group, and is the co-leader of the firm’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice. She also serves as the Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at Koya Leadership Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019 and is now included in The Diversified Search Group, a portfolio of wholly-owned boutique search firms serving specialized sectors.

At Diversified Search, Brennan works with co-Practice Leader Andrew Wheeler to marshal the forces of both firms’ deep experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors to deliver stellar results for clients.

Brennan joined Koya Leadership 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, Habitat for Humanity, Sierra Club, Drug Policy Alliance, Heising-Simons Foundation, Feed the Truth, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among many others.

Her 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, and Philanthropy News Digest, and Fast Company, as well as by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Brennan began her career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, she served as 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. 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 is currently a member of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston.


Phone: 978.384.1296



Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont