November 2003, launched Museum Search & Reference, Executive-Search firm specializing in museum and nonprofit searches and executive transitions. Please view my client list for further details.

December, 2002-May, 2003, Executive Search Consultant, assisted with nine Superintendent-of-Schools searches, New Hampshire School Boards Association, Concord, NH.

2000-present, Business Consultant, Marilyn Hoffman Reference Services. Consulting to managers who are hiring: Perform background checks, call employment references.
2001, Brought in-house by principal client, TRA, Telecommunications Research Associates, St. Marys, KS, and formerly, Manchester, NH, the leading telecommunications-training company.
Most recent reference checks for TRA: CFO, new CEO.

1996-present, Community Service on 3 nonprofit boards of directors, 2 advisory boards, 2 task forces, a capital-campaign steering committee, and many civic and nonprofit committees.
Political campaigns, including: 2003-2004: Statewide Steering Committee, Arts Advisory Committee, Delegate to Democratic Convention, John Kerry for President. 2002: Treasurer, Martha Fuller Clark for US Congress; and 2000, Delegate for Bill Bradley to Democratic Convention, Los Angeles; wrote his arts policy.

1996, After 25 years of full-time employment as nonprofit executive, and after becoming one of top 100 in my field in North America, I left successful museum-director career to give back to community, launch own consultant business, and see children through teen years.


January 1988-December 1995, Director, The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (then $2 million budget, staff of 60, plus 200 volunteers). 1984-1987, Curator.

1974-1984, Director, Fuller Art (now Craft) Museum, Brockton, MA.
1973-1974, Acting Director; 1971-1973, Curator.

1967-1971, Previous positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Adelson Galleries, Inc., Newbury Street, Boston, MA (now in New York).

1976-1987, Board member and Treasurer, New England Museum Association. AAM panelist.
1980-1984, 1989-1996, Elected Member, Association of Art Museum Directors.


Brown University, Providence, RI: 1971, Course work for Ph. D., M. A. in Art History; 1967,
B. A. with Honors in Art History; 1964, 1965, Class President (former Pembroke College).

1996-1998, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA, Entrepreneurship Institute; 1999, Business Planning Seminar for Entrepreneurs, Women’s Business Center, NH.

1996-2005, Hiring, HR, Legal Aspects of HR, and other business seminars and courses: University of NH, Manchester; University of Lowell, MA; Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Lorman Educational Services.

2005, 3-day, CompassPoint, San Francisco, “Executive Transition Management, A Workshop for Consultants,” at the Support Center, New York, NY.
2005, 3-day, CompassPoint, San Francisco, “Institute for Nonprofit Consulting,” at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving  (HFPG), CT.
2004, 1-day, Will Phillips, QM2, Poway, CA, for museum consultants, at AAM annual meeting, New Orleans. LA
2003-current, consultant workshops at HFPG.

1996, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA.


Married to Alan R. Hoffman, Boston attorney. Two grown children living in New York and Austin, TX.

Fluent in French. Studied German and Italian. Extensive travel abroad, including Europe, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Colombia, S. A. Lived in France.

Interests: Art and antiques, gardening, reading, current events.

Complete curriculum vitae with publications available on request.