Deborah was formerly Executive Director of the National Legal Preparedness Training Program at the University of the District of Columbia. She has worked extensively with faith and community based organizations, as well as governmental agencies at the local, state, and national levels on emergency preparedness and response. She has expertise in emergency planning for pandemic influenza and in regards to people with disabilities. Deborah has participated in and collaborated with numerous international agencies and organizations, and has worked with labor unions in broad social justice coalitions. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, a MBA with a specialization in International Organizations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a BA in Psychology from Williams College.