Judene Hylton

Vice President and Senior Search Associate

Executive Search, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Vice President and Senior Search Associate

Judene brings over six years of executive and legal search experience from prestigious firms in Chicago across a wide variety of industries.

At Koya Partners – a part of Diversified Search Group – Judene serves as Vice President and Senior Associate. She specializes in organizations with social and human impact services, organizations with a global reach, and health-related non-profits. Judene supports her team in both execution and business development capacities.

Prior to joining Koya Partners, Judene served as a Senior Recruiter at Relativity, a legal technology company headquartered in Chicago. Judene’s executive search career began at Major, Lindsey and Africa, a prestigious legal search firm. She later joined DHR International, a top-five retained search firm, as a Senior Associate for the Consumer Practice Group. She supported her managing partners in candidate placements in the C-suite and vice president seats within finance, marketing, and private equity verticals.

Judene’s 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 financial aid advisement to students of color from low socioeconomic backgrounds throughout their college admission process. At Valparaiso University Law School, where Judene earned her Juris Doctorate degree, she served as an Alumni Network Ambassador.

Judene is truly passionate about non-profit work and social justice. She served for over four years on the Associate Board for By the Hand Club for Kids in Chicago. She currently volunteers as an English tutor at New Life Partners, a homeless shelter for women and children in Evanston, IL.


Valparaiso University Law School

BA, Communications
Grove City College.