Leading national executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has hired executive search expert Maureen Alphonse-Charles as Managing Director. Based out of Koya’s Boston office, Alphonse-Charles will help deepen the firm’s work across nonprofits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between nonprofits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. Additionally, she has developed a tracked record of rounding out teams, including providing strategic counsel around social justice; diversity, equity and inclusion; and advancing women’s leadership.
Alphonse-Charles has an impressive background that includes more than 20 years of executive search experience. She is a pioneer in diversity, equity and inclusion work, and has broken tremendous barriers in the Boston area. As the first African-American President of The Boston Club, she founded and chaired its Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is continuing to do important work in that role.
“Maureen is a strong, determined advocate for women in business. She’s thoughtful, reflective, passionate and a tireless champion for social justice,” said Katie Bouton, Koya Founder and CEO. “Maureen is determined to increase the number of women in meaningful, important leadership roles including corporate board positions. I have no doubt that she will help move that dial and the Koya team will help her every step of the way.”
“Working with talented professionals across all backgrounds – including people of color and women – ignites my spirit,” said Alphonse-Charles. “At my core, I am intent on creating balance. I aim to be the voice of the voiceless, who need to be heard but are not. I know that social justice is taken very seriously at Koya, and that we’re aligned in our missions. I am truly honored to join this amazing group.”
“I love Koya’s culture and how the firm fully embraces inclusion, internally and externally. It’s apparent from both the work they do and the language they use,” Alphonse-Charles continued. “Everyone at Koya wants to place the right leader in the right role – and they truly want to make the world a better place.”
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 Maureen Alphonse-Charles
Maureen Alphonse-Charles is a Managing Director of Koya Leadership Partners. With significant expertise across sectors and functions, Alphonse-Charles has led complex executive search, consulting, finance and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. Her work spans both the nonprofit and the private sectors, and includes organizations such as CalPERS, CalSTRS, City Year, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of MA Bay, YW, JP Morgan and Deloitte.
Most recently, Alphonse-Charles was the Senior Vice President & COO of The Partnership, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in working with organizations in all sectors to build racially and ethnically diverse leadership pipelines, offering leadership development programs and customized consulting services to improve diversity performance in a global marketplace. Prior to joining The Partnership, Maureen served as Vice President of Talent Acquisition at City Year where she led several leadership searches. Alphonse-Charles brings more than two decades’ of experience at top search firms, including Horton International, LLC and Whitehead Mann Pendleton James.
As an active participant in many civic, business and community affairs, Alphonse-Charles was recently honored by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women and by Boston Business Journal as a Local Woman of Influence. She has also been twice nominated as a top recruitment expert by Boston’s Women’s Business Journal.
Alphonse-Charles recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She serves on the Boards of The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and she is an Overseer of Boston University. Maureen holds a B.A. from Boston University (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.