Marian Alexander DeBerry

Senior Counsel, Executive Search

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.

Recent Clients Served


  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Feeding America
  • Glacier National Park Conservancy
  • Glenwood Academy
  • Jewish Council for Youth Services
  • JourneyCare
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
  • Strada Education Network

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 five years of professional experience, including over 20 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 magic 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 long term impact that her placements make for their organizations, institutions and sectors

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 at the University of Pennslyvania. She also studied at the London Business School. She is a frequent speaker on career development in nonprofit organizations achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.