Marian Alexander DeBerry

Director, Executive Search

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Marian DeBerry

“I see my role as helping organizations and institutions identify and attract the best possible talent to support their work and advance their missions. I have a record of successful placements in a variety of nonprofit sectors; I believe that success is the result of extensive engagement with clients and candidates to determine the best possible fit.”

Areas of Expertise

Senior leadership searches for education, healthcare, social services, associations, foundations, environmental, and arts and culture clients, among others. Developing diverse and inclusive candidate rosters. 

About Marian Alexander DeBerry
Marian Alexander DeBerry has more than thirty years of professional experience, including fourteen years in executive search. While she has conducted searches in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, her work is particularly focused on conducting searches for the senior leadership of mission-driven institutions. Marian takes time to understand a client’s needs and culture before identifying the key candidates who can truly complete an institution’s staff. Her work is most rewarding when she experiences:

  • The rush of creating a “perfect” match
  • The chance to help organizations think through the implications of their talent decisions
  • The opportunity to work with client staff and volunteer leaders
  • The impact that her placements make at client organizations for months and years to follow

Prior to joining Campbell & Company, Marian was vice president with two retained executive search firms and an independent executive search consultant. In addition to her executive search work, Marian has experience in the nonprofit sector as an education administrator and in the corporate sector in commercial banking and treasury administration and management consulting. She served the Bank of Boston and Continental Bank for several years, developing investment portfolio strategies and trading recommendations and managing short-term liability positions. At the Bank of Boston, she served as recruiting team leader for the Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and Fuqua (Duke University) Schools of Business. Marian began her career with an advocacy organization for female offenders and served as executive director of a university-based educational achievement program for secondary school students.

Marian has a Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business. She also studied at the London Business School. She is a frequent speaker on achieving a diverse workforce and on career development in nonprofit organizations.


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
“We needed a partner who could really understand the culture of our organization and help us define what success would look like for our next Chief Development Officer. Campbell & Company moved quickly, listened very well and helped us recruit a true leader for our fundraising program.”
- Stephanie Springs, Chief Executive Officer

YWCA – Lake County
“Marian and the Campbell & Company Executive Search team took the time to really understand our needs and culture.  They were very thorough and process-based, yet incredibly flexible, and they clearly cared about the human side of the process.  They weren’t just filling the position.  I felt that Marian and her team truly understood the needs of our organization.”
- Nichelle Grant, President of the Board of Directors

Recent or Current Clients Served

  • American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (Chicago, IL)
  • Audubon Texas (Dallas, TX) 
  • The Chicago Community Trust (Chicago, IL) 
  • Environmental Defense Fund 
    (Washington, DC)
  • Feeding America (Chicago, IL)
  • Home Safety Council (Washington, DC)
  • L.E.A.R.N. Charter School Network 
    (Chicago, IL)
  • National Audubon Society (New York, NY)
  • Near North Montessori School (Chicago, IL)
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund (Chicago, IL)
  • Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
  • The Nature Conservancy 
    (Chicago, IL & San Antonio, TX)
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Woods Fund of Chicago (Chicago, IL)