Vice President of Governmental Relations & External Affairs
Marion serves as Gift of Hope’s principal liaison to elected government officials at all levels. In consultation with Gift of Hope’s executive leadership, Marion plans and executes comprehensive, proactive government relations strategies that advance Gift of Hope’s mission and goals. Marion also works with Gift of Hope’s senior leadership to develop and implement diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that advance organizational change, and foster positive and inclusive work environments. She oversees and develops strategic working relationships with healthcare, educational, religious, civic, and social organizations; donor families; communities and other partners throughout Gift of Hope’s donation service area. Marion balances the organization’s priorities with the needs of external stakeholders to implement and integrate strategic initiatives to increase life-giving organ and tissue donation.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 2009, Marion provided strategic talent acquisition leadership to industry leaders Nielsen, Gentiva and HCR Manor Care. Her more than 15 years as a human resources professional honed her relationship building skills and created a passion for fostering connections with diverse audiences, partners, and stakeholders.
Marion holds a master’s degree in human resource management from Saint Mary’s University, Minn.; a master’s degree in philosophy from Walden University, Minn.; and a bachelor’s degree in business and leadership from Kendall College, Ill.