Debra is the founder and president of Synergy Resources Group, a multi-disciplinary firm that specializes in organizational development with a focus on assessments; strategic planning; board governance; process improvement and executive coaching. She has held executive level positions in nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and consultation services over the last 30 years. Her education is in business, marketing and accounting. She is a certified facilitator and certified in Hogan Assessment a leadership development system.
Debra also has extensive experience in developing public policy, specifically working on transportation policy as it relates to the efficient and environmentally responsible movement of goods and services. She brings a business perspective to the issues facing our community on environmental policy and has served as ‘bridge’ between businesses and the environmental communities to make change. She has served on countless public policy committees, locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of issues, including seeking solutions for multiple modes of transportation. In 2001, Debra collaborated with the Oregon Environmental Council to establish a program to phase out mercury auto switches in vehicles. She also received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the EPA, Small Business Assistance Program.
Debra resides in Portland with her husband Jim and their special rescue cat, Jolie.