Cheryl Stevens

Managing Director

Executive Search, Managing Directors, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Cheryl focuses on leading senior-level searches and is also a key member of Koya’s Board practice.

At Koya, Cheryl has been involved with CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior-level searches for a broad range of clients including foundations, cultural institutions, membership organizations, and other nonprofits. Representative clients include Feeding America, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Indianapolis Public Media/WFYI, and Feed the Truth.

Cheryl joined Koya from PierceGray, a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in supply chain, operations and commercial leadership roles within private equity portfolio companies. There, she gained experience recruiting across a broad range of industries including retail, consumer goods, healthcare, and manufacturing for organizations ranging in size from $20 million to $9 billion.

Cheryl began her career in finance at Ariel Investments, the Chicago-based asset management firm and largest minority-owned investment firm nationally. At Ariel, she was a member of the Institutional Sales and Client Services teams and also worked with the Office of the CEO on special projects including the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference.

She has served as a member of the Young Professionals Board for Good Sports Chicago and as a board member for Free Spirit Media. She also volunteers as a coach for Hoops to Homework, a youth basketball program at Mercy Home Chicago.

Cheryl is active within the Princeton alumni community, serving as a Director for the Princeton Club of Chicago. She conducts interviews for prospective students with the Alumni Schools Committee and serves as a mentor for the Friends of Princeton Basketball group. At Princeton, she was co-captain of the record-breaking Division I women’s basketball team.


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Princeton University