Judene Hylton

Managing Associate

Executive Search, Managing Associate, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Judene brings nearly a decade of executive search experience from multiple industries including but not limited to legal, human resources, finance, development, and marketing, in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  

At Koya Partners | Diversified Search Group, Judene serves as a Managing Associate, leading C-suite level executive search and business development for her firm. She specializes in the social and human impact services space. Prior to joining Koya | Diversified Search Group, Judene served as an in-house recruiter for organizations across Chicagoland.  

Judene’s executive search career began at Major, Lindsey and Africa, a prestigious legal search firm with a global footprint. At Major, Lindsey and Africa, Judene served as a legal recruiter, hiring for law firms and in-house counsel teams. She later joined DHR Global as a Senior Associate for the Consumer Practice Group. She recruited C-level executives from the food and beverage, finance, restaurant and hospitality industries, as well as private equity verticals. 

Her commitment to providing exceptional opportunities for people of color and women began while working in higher education, where she served as a college admissions counselor. In this role, she mentored and provided college counseling and financial aid advisement to students of color from low socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Judene is passionate about nonprofit work and social justice outside of the office. Judene currently serves as a founding member of The Gathering Spot Houston. She also serves as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lone Star State and the Houston Urban League.


Valparaiso University Law School

BA, Communications
Grove City College