Shelby Woods

Managing Associate

Executive Search, Managing Associate, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Shelby manages candidate development and client engagement for a wide range of mission-driven organizations across the country.

During her time at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group, Shelby has partnered with clients such as the Cooperative Fund of New England, Walton Family Foundation, The Partnership for the Homeless, Polaris, KIPP Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and the Sierra Club, among others.

She began her career in higher education, managing administrative affairs for the Student Conduct Office at American University in Washington, DC. Most recently, Shelby served as a contract corporate recruiter for a technology company. Prior to that, Shelby was a recruiter in the nonprofit practice of a boutique search firm where she focused on candidate development and led a number of searches.

Shelby is based in Nashville, TN.


BA, Women’s Studies
California State University, Long Beach