About Marsha

Organizational Development Specialist and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

Marsha Friend-Berkson Consulting

Guiding leaders and team members of for-profit and non-profit organizations through personal development, employee engagement and organizational transformation.

C-Level Coaching |Middle-Management Coaching |Entrepreneur Coaching | Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment |Employee Engagement |Culture Change |Organizational Effectiveness |Group Dynamics | Corporate Leadership | Non-Profit Leadership | Team Building Retreats | Human Capital Development

Strategic Planner and Growth Advisor

Susan G. Komen, San Diego

Provide consulting services in organizational effectiveness, program development, board facilitation, and strategic partnerships to the President & Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen San Diego.

Founder, Hand Up Youth Food Pantry

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Conceived and implemented a successful youth leadership program for San Diego high school students, designed to alleviate hunger in the community. Oversaw training and skill-building activities in the areas of strategic planning, goal setting, leadership, hunger advocacy, volunteer management, community service, operations, logistics, fundraising, and retail management.

Co-Founder / Executive Vice President

Anthology San Diego

Led marketing and sales for a unique supper club, featuring Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists from jazz to R&B, pop/rock to Celtic. Voted Best Restaurant and Live Music Venue by the California Restaurant Association for three consecutive years. Cultivated strategic partnerships with stakeholders ranging from VIP customers to hospitality industry experts. Mentored staff of 75 in personal and professional development.

Leadership and Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors
Susan G. Komen San Diego

Member, Board of Directors
Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Member, Executive Board
Member, Board of Trustees
San Diego Jewish Academy

President, Women?s Division
Campaign Chair, Women?s Division
Member, Board of Directors
Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Certifications and Honors

Gallup-Certified Strength Coach

Finalist – Women of Influence Emerging Business Leaders, 2017

San Diego Woman of the Year Nominee, 2011 and 2012

San Diego Women Who Mean Business Nominee, 2011

Most Innovative New Program, Jewish Family Service Hand-Up, 2009

Young Leadership Award for Philanthropic Leadership, 2000

Client List

Hazon/JOFEE Fellowship Program

Inheriting Wisdom

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Susan G. Komen San Diego

211 San Diego

Cadence Travel

San Diego Jewish Academy


YMCA San Diego

San Diego Board of Relators

Hillel International


Wexner Heritage Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

SunnyCo Clothing Company

The Butterfly Project

United Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Cabrillo Credit Union