Deanna Banks

Deanna Banks


Deanna Banks is a trusted talent advisor with more than 25 years of experience as a human capital consultant and thought leader on diversity. Her practice is comprised of many of the industry’s leading hospital systems, academic medical centers, trade associations, and health insurance and managed government programs (Medicare and Medicaid). Deanna is skilled at partnering and consulting with boards of directors and chief executive officers on executive recruitment and retention, succession planning, and organizational and leadership development.

Her acuity in talent mapping and leadership development make her a valuable asset to her clients beyond executive search, where she is experienced in identifying chief executive officers, chief human resources officers, clinical division heads, chief finance officers and other senior executives. She works with many of the hospitals and health systems that achieve high rankings from U.S. News & World Report, as well as other industry lists.

She continues her mission of leading cultural diversity initiatives by educating leaders and organizations to successfully attract, promote, and retain ethnically diverse executives. Deanna has given presentations on executive development and other leadership topics at the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the PAN Foundation.

Deanna joined Furst Group in 1998 as a Vice President and now, as a Principal, has an ownership interest in the firm. She founded the Washington, D.C., office and is frequently called upon to speak or moderate industry panels. Her extensive background with AHIP (formerly American Association of Health Plans) included the management of two prominent executive training programs in the industry, the Executive Leadership Program and the Minority Management Development Program.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland.