Telluride Foundation: Firm Selected to Find New CEO

Telluride Foundation: Firm Selected to Find New CEO

Telluride Foundation announces Koya Partners will lead national recruitment effort.

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Telluride Foundation’s Paul Major, CEO & President is stepping down. A search is on to fill the position.

The Telluride Foundation is pleased to announce that its CEO search committee selected Koya Partners, a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients.

Koya, a women-led business, has over 15 years of experience recruiting outstanding leaders in the nonprofit sector and a long track record of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements. Koya Managing Director, Kara Teising, will lead the search process and candidate recruitment effort on behalf of the Telluride Foundation.

After Telluride Foundation’s CEO Paul Major announced recently that he would be stepping down, the Foundation’s Board of Directors created a CEO search committee dedicated to finding the organization’s next leader. Search committee members Dan Tishman, Anne Slaughter Andrew, Ximena Rebolledo León, Mark Dalton, and Jesse Johnson selected Koya Partners after a competitive process that drew proposals from leading national firms.

“Given the important work of Telluride Foundation across the entire region, we feel it is essential for the search committee to consider a pool of candidates that reflects the diverse communities we serve,” committee chair Anne Slaughter Andrew said. “Koya’s commitment to providing customized strategic services and support in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent, aligns with the Foundation’s commitment in hiring our next CEO.”

The role of the search firm includes engaging with the Foundation’s stakeholders to create a candidate profile, identifying and attracting qualified candidates, and working with the search committee and the Board throughout the process of selecting the next CEO to lead the Telluride Foundation into the future.

The Foundation’s search committee, in partnership with Koya, has prioritized a broad and inclusive stakeholder engagement process for the launch. This input will inform the candidate profile that the Foundation Board hopes to announce early in May, with the completion of the search and announcement of the next Telluride Foundation CEO by late summer.

Telluride Foundation, more:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride and regional community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. This year, 2021, marks 20 years of making more possible through the Telluride Foundation’s commitment to enrich the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region.

The Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants to nonprofits, owns and operates programs that meet emerging and unmet community needs, and makes investments. The Foundation approaches this work through the lens of its core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. Its work is funded through the generous support of individual donors as well as grants from state and national foundations.

The Foundation hopes the community will join in celebrating its 20th anniversary as it honors the nonprofits, donors, and community members who have all partnered together to achieve a significant positive impact on the region.

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