Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and human capital sectors. In addition, she is an active angel investor having made over 40 investments in the education and employment technology sectors. She also co-hosts, with Arizona State University, the annual ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. This event, now in its 7th year, with over 2,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global education and human capital landscape.
In 2001, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, an investment bank with offices across the U.S. which was acquired in 2007. She was previously a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Deborah currently serves on the board of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, Degreed, KIPP: Chicago, Marwen, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She has also previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Teach for America Chicago, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.