Global Search Expert Nicole Kamaleson Joins Koya Leadership Partners

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Kamaleson Will Elevate Koya’s Global Mission-Driven Placements

Leading executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has appointed Nicole Kamaleson as a Managing Director. Based in Chicago, Nicole will lead mission-driven executive searches around the world, focusing on international development, advocacy, human rights and humanitarianism, increasing Koya’s global impact.

Nicole will advise globally focused mission-driven organizations to successfully manage leadership transitions. She will be part of Koya’s leadership team, advancing the firm’s exceptional reputation and experience as a trusted partner in the industry while ensuring Koya is front-of-mind as a firm of choice with clients across the country and around the world.

“Koya has a strong presence nationally and has begun to increase its footprint globally. Nicole will help us expand our global impact with mission-driven organizations,” says Katie Bouton, Founder and CEO of Koya Leadership Partners. “Nicole has a rich background of living and working abroad. Her extensive experience helping mission-driven organizations find, place and retain top talent and her mission-driven approach to search aligns perfectly with Koya’s values and focus. We are tremendously excited about Nicole joining our team.”

“Getting the global equation right is not just my day job, it’s my vocation and my calling,” said Kamaleson. “For more than 17 years, I’ve lived and worked around the world – in India, Romania, Kenya, London, Budapest, among other locales. In my experience, I’ve seen firsthand how the right people in the right place really make a positive impact – which aligns perfectly with Koya’s approach and methodology.”

“I’m impressed by Koya’s extraordinary level of attention, support, and guidance to both clients and candidates,” Kamaleson continued. “The team genuinely cares about their clients and each other. There’s a lot of celebration around impact and innovation at Koya, and a real sense of joy here (a core value). Koya is connecting people to vital missions that have wide-reaching impact around the world. I’m thrilled to join the team and help expand the firm’s impact.”

Koya helps clients connect their larger social purpose to business success by identifying, engaging and retaining top talent. Koya is driven by the belief that the right person in the right place can change the world. This approach has proven successful as Koya has experienced ongoing and significant growth over the past 14 years with strategic acquisitions and talented staff expansion.

About Nicole Kamaleson
Nicole Kamaleson is a recognized leader specializing in global social impact, human capital, organizational development, good governance, human resources and executive search. She will lead global development searches as Managing Director at Koya Leadership Partners.

Nicole has significant experience with clients spanning the globe from Thailand, Mozambique, India, Haiti, Korea to Bosnia and many places in between. Focusing on serving organizations that have a transformative impact on society, Nicole is passionate about co-creating human capital solutions and results in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as follows:

  • A well and flourishing society – through initiatives providing health and well-being, food security, education, sustainability, clean water and shelter.
  • An equitable and peaceful society – through gender empowerment, peace and security in fragile states, human rights and democratic governance, and mitigation against manmade shocks and natural disasters.
  • A growing and thriving society – through lands, livelihoods and interventions impacting the environment, employment and work, social protection and financial inclusion of disparate members of society.
  • A structured and resilient society – through established trade rules, fair financing, infrastructure development, transparency and accountability, disaster readiness/resilience while balancing the tri-fold approaches of development, diplomacy and defense theories of change.

Additionally, Nicole has been sought out to speak at many globally focused venues including the TNGO initiative of Maxwell House as a practitioner facilitator, at InterAction on talent, with Ronald McDonald House’s Global Leadership Conference on the candidate-driven marketplace, an adjunct professor at Eastern University on Performance Management and Mission Investors Exchange on aligning organizational culture. Nicole serves as a board member for the Global Fund for Children and holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Sioux Falls and an M.A. in Human Resources Development from Azusa Pacific University in California.

About Koya Leadership Partners
Koya Leadership Partners is a leading executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at mission-driven institutions committed to serving a larger social purpose. Koya was founded in 2004 on a single belief – the right person in the right place can change the world – and is deeply committed to its clients and the missions they serve. Koya has been recognized by Forbes for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018) as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. Additionally, the firm’s Founder and CEO, Katie Bouton, was named a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 New England Awards®. For more information, visit

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