Tiara D. Muse

Managing Associate

Executive Search, Managing Associate, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Tiara D. Muse brings a broad range of search experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to her clients.

Tiara leverages her expertise in C-suite leadership to partner with clients and guide candidates as a member of Koya Partners and the Diversified Search Group’s CEO practice. She also advises clients seeking to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Prior, Tiara was with a national boutique search firm specializing in healthcare. At Furst Group, as a Consultant and Director of Research, she was involved with recruiting C-suite and senior-level leaders for a broad range of clients including payers, providers, academic medical centers, and PE-backed companies. She led a number of enterprise-wide operational initiatives and developed the company’s first summer internship program.

Tiara began her career at Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search firm. As a member of Spencer Stuart’s Healthcare Services Practice, she worked in recruiting, research and business development.

Earlier, at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Tiara worked as a Researcher on several national studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

She has also worked in the Office of Health Disparities at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, where she helped develop national strategic corporate partnerships and built cultural competence around social determinants of health.

Tiara serves as a Board Member and Planning Committee Chair for the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) Chicago-Midwest Chapter. She is also an active member on the Chicago Health Executive Forum (CHEF) Communications Committee. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Committed to civic engagement, Tiara is on the Board of Directors for Accurate Transit, LLC, a Chicago-based non-emergency medical transportation company. She also leads and serves as Chair of the Speakers Series for Young Leaders United with the United Way of Metro Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Associate Board of the American Heart Association.

Dedicated to mentoring youth, Tiara is frequently asked to speak on topics related to education, career readiness, and self-esteem.


MPH, Health Policy and Administration
University of Illinois

BA, Sociology and Anthropology
Spelman College