Deb brings decades of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, leadership, and organizational effectiveness to East Bay Community Foundation.
After moving to California from her native Tennessee in 1996, Deb joined the development team to Equal Rights Advocates, a national civil rights organization dedicated to expanding economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. In 2000, Deb moved to Napa where she ultimately helped raise more than $36 million to restore the Napa Valley Opera House and Lincoln Theater.
From 2009 to 2020, Deb served as Vice President of Development at Horizons Foundation, the world’s oldest and largest community foundation serving the LGBTQ+ community. She worked closely with Horizons’ staff, board, and committees in all areas of fund development, with a special emphasis on cultivating legacy gifts. She also served as a trusted philanthropic advisor to Horizons’ donor-advisors and Bay Area professional advisors. Deb’s visionary work engaging donors and other key stakeholders resulted in the foundation’s Now and Forever Campaign, which raised more than $100 million in legacy commitments for the LGBTQ community.
As CEO of Full Circle Coaching and Consulting, Deb provides fundraising and organizational development expertise to social profit organizations and foundations that promote education, research, elder care, and cultural inclusion.
In addition to serving on the board of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Deb is President of the board of Opera Parallele.