Vice President of Government Affairs & Communications
Debbie has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.
As Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications at The Education Trust, Deborah is the strategic leader of the organization’s legislative, communications, and field operations work.
Before joining Ed Trust, Deborah managed media relations for domestic-facing investments at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served as the vice president of communications for two national nonprofit organizations in the education sector: the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Communities In Schools. In both roles, she was responsible for developing and executing strategic communications plans and for providing management and oversight for the media relations, advertising, publications, executive communications, and marketing functions of the organization. Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Deborah built a solid career in corporate communications, working with an impressive array of Fortune 500 corporations, including United Healthcare, DuPont, and CIGNA Corp. Her experience includes media relations, crisis communications, speech writing, community relations, internal communications, corporate publications, and investor relations communications.
Deborah was the founding board chair of the Philadelphia affiliate of Komen for the Cure, and currently serves on the board of directors for the D.C. Jazz Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University and a master’s degree in mass communications from Temple University.
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Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
It’s everything I love! Communication … advocacy … education policy through an equity lens. I feel fortunate to be able to work on my favorite things in the world.