Marla Bobowick

Bobowick Consulting

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2001

About Marla

Marla has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, board governance, strategy. She has worked with organizations of all types and sizes, including healthcare and social service providers; independent schools, colleges, and universities; private foundations; local and national offices of federated organizations; and professional associations.

She was project director for Principles of Trusteeship: How to Become a Highly Effective Board Member for Colleges, Universities, and Foundations and co-author of Assessing Board Performance: A Practical Guide for College, University, System, and Foundation Boards, both published by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Marla is currently a member of BoardSource’s Research Advisory Council. Previously, she was Vice President of Products at BoardSource and a member of the working group for The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards. She managed Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices and the research project that culminated in Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards.

Previously, Marla was an acquisitions editor at John Wiley & Sons. Marla holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has served on the boards of Maryland Nonprofits and Calvary Women’s Services.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board roles and responsibilities, Executive assessment and oversight, Governance structures, Strategic board composition

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design

Mission Areas: Associations, Family foundations, Private foundations, Religiously-affiliated organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs