Debby helps nonprofit organizations successfully navigate change.
The breadth of Debby’s experience gives her an unusual capacity to comprehend the realities of rural places and imagine the possibilities for rural advancement. Her analysis of one of our major and highly complex community forestry programs impressed me -- how thoroughly she grasped the many issues involved and the dynamics of the projects and their communities. Her synthesis was rich and thoughtful, presented through skillful writing.
Vice President / US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
I just wanted to follow up with a note. The work you've brought together (in helping to re-create our local leadership program) is just an incredible rebirth. It’s elements can be used to create other specific trainings. This is truly exciting. We have a lot to do between now and March, but I see it and understand it thanks to you. Excellent, excellent job.
President / NC Rural Center
Debby, I just want to thank you so much for your excellent work on our strategic planning. You have been outstanding. I can’t say enough about your listening skills, incorporation of everyone’s thoughts, ability to navigate our racial equity goals and the way you implement and lead our meetings.
Cindy Visnich Weeks
Vice President & Director of Community Investment / Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc.
Before we hired Debby, we hadn’t really taken the time to fully strategize and align our fundraising across our policy and business lines. Debby is a strategic thinker and conceptualizer. In particular, she helped us gather relevant data and narratives, refine them, and disseminate our findings in a compelling narrative. New grant funding, clearer reports to funders and our newfound leadership in renewable/ energy efficiency for affordable housing all came under Debby’s watch.
President / National Housing Trust
With Debby's help, SABY organized intentional community forums that were thought provoking and led communities to take measurable action. Debby was incredibly knowledgeable, flexible, and well connected, bringing years of experience in community organizing, grant writing, non-profit structuring, and best practices to our organization. She challenged both staff and our board to think strategically and helped us put the steps in place to secure a $75,000 grant for a community outreach program.
Executive Director / Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth
Your approach as moderator of the Rural/Urban project successfully stimulated collaboration, laughter and meaningful thought-mining from a diverse group. Well done!
International Business Development Counselor / SBTDC • President / TreesNC
Debby turned complex, densely written studies into easily comprehensible, strong and concise materials for staff and partners on our Energy Efficiency for All project. Her work is exceptionally good. Debby understands the worlds of both energy efficiency and affordable housing and can translate experts’ work, helping us to effect positive change in communities that need it the most.
Energy Policy Analyst & Senior Advisor / National Resources Defense Council
I participated in a focus group on community leadership that Debby facilitated for the NC Rural Center. She was adept at drawing out everyone’s ideas and asking follow-up questions that led the group to go deeper in our thinking. The result was a rich dialogue with new insights and clear recommendations for the Rural Center to consider.
Director of Community Leadership / NC Community Foundation
Thank you for your wonderful work on Friday. That was the best retreat I've experienced in my nine years at CCC. I was so impressed by your facilitation and listening skills. When you presented the consolidated statement of what we do here, somehow having pulled out key words from the many things we'd said, it was like a magic trick!
Allison T. Freeman
Senior Research Associate / UNC Center for Community Capital
We engaged Debby at a very vulnerable time in the life of our organization. Two board members had died and we were floundering. Debby helped us to design, fund and manage two flagship programs, train and align our board and build new relationships in the community. Debby loves her work and is clearly motivated by the desire to impact the lives of the underserved in our society. She brings to the table excellent oral and written communication skills, grant writing abilities, strategic planning and nonprofit management expertise. Additionally, she has extremely valuable connections and relationships throughout the country that would benefit any organization in attaining its goals and objectives.
President and Chairman of the Board / Chatham Community Development Corporation
- Energy Foundation
- UNC Center for Community Capital
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- NeighborWorks America
- US Endowment for Forestry & Communities
- National Housing Trust
- The Democracy Collaborative
- Center for Community Capital
- Oxfam America
- Rural LISC
- MDC, Inc.
- Rural Development Leadership Network
- People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
- Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation
- NC Community Development Initiative
- NC Rural Center
- Lillians List
- Z Smith Reynolds Foundation
- NC Women United
- Generations Credit Union
- Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
- Southern Mutual Help Association
- John Rex Endowment
- Chatham County Agricultural & Industrial Fair
- Down East Partnership for Children
- Chatham Community Development Corporation
- Middle Border Forward
- The HomeOwnership Center / Randolph County Housing Authority / Woodlands Development Group
- Warren County Training School
- Wilson Community Improvement Association (WCIA)
- Youth Mission Co