Deborah is an advisor and small business owner. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors. Additionally, GSV Advisors co-hosts an annual Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ with Arizona State University, the nation's largest public university. This event, now in its fifth year, and attended by over 1,400 people, celebrates innovations and innovators across the education landscape from early childhood to lifelong learning.
Prior to GSV Advisors, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners an investment bank with offices across the U.S. While at ThinkEquity, Deborah was President and Head of Investment Banking. The firm was acquired in March 2007 and Deborah was a board member of the London-based Panmure Gordon (AIM: PMR) through December 2008. Previously, Deborah was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Deborah currently serves on the public company board of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. She is also a member of the boards of Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved youth in Chicago and Steppenwolf Theater Company. She is an ex officio board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund. She is also a member of the Lumina Foundation Advisory Network. She was formerly on the Chicago boards of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), New Schools for Chicago, Teach for America, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). From March 2008 to March 2011 she served on the national board of America's Promise Alliance, an organization founded by General Colin Powell and dedicated to ending the U.S. high school dropout crisis. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987. She is originally from Jacksonville, FL.