Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund investing in great entrepreneurs and their companies in the $55B learning and talent technology sector. GSV Accelerlation’s portfolio includes Andela, Clever, ClassDojo, Course Hero, CreativeLive, Degreed, Lightneer, Pluralsight, Raise, and Turnitin, among others.
Previously Deborah co-founded GSV Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on learning and human capital technology companies. She also co-founded the annual ASU GSV Summit. This event, now in its 8th year, with over 3,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape.
She previously co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology focused investment bank, which was acquired in 2007 by a UK firm. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. She began her career at J.P Morgan.
Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed, Lightneer, and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW) and is a board observer at ClassDojo, CreativeLive, and Raise. She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, and the Honorary Board of Marwen. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, and Teach for America Chicago. Deborah has received the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education “Champion” Award from LEAP innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.