Debra Oppenheim, "who has been in executive search since 1976, is a co-founder with Jane Phillips Donaldson of Phillips Oppenheim. She is a generalist who has managed assignments covering a broad range of not-for-profit institutions and organizations, locally, nationally and internationally. Before starting Phillips Oppenheim in 1991, Debra was a partner at Nordeman Grimm, where she managed a variety of assignments in the private sector across a broad spectrum of industries and corporations. She also directed a major part of the firm’s not-for-profit practice, working in areas of health and human services, performing arts and cultural institutions. Previously, Debra worked for three other search firms: Billington, Fox & Ellis, Canny Bowen, and SpencerStuart.
"Debra, who attended the University of Maryland, lived and worked in London and Frankfurt, where she was a founding partner of a relocation services firm. She is on the National Nominating Committee of Girls, Inc., and the Advisory Board of The Transition Network." 
She is married to Herbert A. Schneider.