Every executive will transition at some point in their career – this can be a nerve-wracking experience for boards and executives. Marcum’s Search and Transition services make that ordeal a little less stressful.

Working across the nation, we’ve now delivered more than 500 nonprofit leadership search and transition engagements. For each engagement, our aim is to expand leadership capacity and increase long-term organizational effectiveness. The results speak for themselves. More than 90 percent of CEO’s hired through Marcum-led transitions stay in the role for three or more years.

This unique consulting practice is built on research and decades of experience helping clients find the right fit for their organization. We utilize a broad range of processes and tools that are tailored to each engagement, including pre-search assessment and planning, a national candidate database, a nationwide network of referral sources, a field-tested multi-stage interview process, and executive transition management and post-hire services.

We focus our energies 100% on nonprofit executives – so you don’t have to.

Marcum brings a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in advancing our Nonprofit Transition and Planning work.

One thing that is clear about Marcum and the reason we went with Marcum is that we see it and they see it as a true partnership. We find they are exceptional at providing these services.

– Client, Nonprofit Organization

Transition and Leadership Planning

Leaders invest their talent and time in an organization for many reasons. Marcum’s Transition and Leadership Planning Group attends to the fundamental elements that separate high-performing organizations from those that struggle. Our practice combines new tools and cutting-edge thinking with proven practices to build capacity and strengthen organizations.

To increase long-term effectiveness and expand leadership capacity of your organization, our consultants – many of whom are former nonprofit leaders themselves – plan for and navigate inevitable transitions in leadership and organization strategy. We work with boards and leadership teams to prepare for planned and unplanned departures, backup plans for business continuity, succession planning at the board and staff level, and leadership development.

Nonprofits count on Marcum to deliver strategies and resources to prepare for the future.

Marcum Nonprofit Search finds, supports and guides nonprofit leaders to build and sustain effective, vital organizations.

Our search and transition practice specializes in finding and supporting the best nonprofit executives.

We not only identify an extraordinary pool of candidates with the right skills and experience, but also take into consideration each client’s organizational priorities and culture to ensure the selected executive succeeds. More than 90 percent of CEO’s hired through Marcum-led transitions stay in the role for three or more years.

View our job postings below:

Current Searches

Chief Operating Officer – Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Washington, DC

Director – Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)

Tuscaloosa, AL

President and Chief Executive Officer – Green Bank for Rural America

Washington, DC / Appalachia

Senior Executive Assistant to the President and CEO – Appalachian Community Capital

Washington, DC


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Simone A. Putnam

Simone A. Putnam

Partner-in-Charge, Managed Services
Human Resources

  • Managed Services
  • Washington, DC
Karen R. Schuler

Karen R. Schuler


  • Nonprofit Search, Transition Planning
  • Washington, DC