Debbie is the Vice President & General Counsel for The Wilderness Society. In this role, she manages all of the organization’s corporate legal matters and oversees its Human Resources, IT and Equity work.
As General Counsel, she provides legal advice and counsel to TWS’s Executive Team, Governing Council, and staff, on various matters including, among other things, contracts, federal and state reporting requirements, and intellectual property. With over a decade of experience in the management and operation of 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, she has had a long and successful career in the nonprofit sector, including as Assistant General Counsel for the NAACP and most recently as the General Counsel for People For the American Way and its Foundation. Debbie holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She resides in Virginia with her husband, twin boys and two cats.