Founder & Director | Human in Common
Deborah has over 25 years of leadership experience in education, non-profits and small business. She is an expert in the field of addressing racial disparities, sexual harassment and assault, and other forms of systemic inequality in education and across society. Deborah has provided professional development to practitioners in business, education, healthcare, housing, food justice, addiction prevention and recovery services – empowering participants with skills and creating practical roadmaps to effectively build institutional capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion. She has provided professional development and consultation at a range of institutions including: The MA Department of Public Health (BSAS), Cooley Dickinson Hospital, A Positive Place, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Western Connecticut State University, The Western MA Food Bank and Chestnut Middle School. Prior to her teaching career, Deborah worked in non-profit organizations in the fields of disability and Deaf services, domestic violence counseling and advocacy, and support services for impoverished communities. She has a Master’s in education with a focus on social justice education along with a Massachusetts teaching certification in secondary education social studies. A dynamic team-builder and an inspiring trainer, Deborah is in demand for workshops, keynote presentations, panel discussions, and executive consultation and coaching. When she’s not working, Deborah hosts benefit dance events to support local non-profits.