Deborah L.

Chief of Staff

Deb is an innovative senior leader and practical visionary with over twenty years of strategy and operations experience from both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with a significant focus on the USK12 educator sector. She currently is the Founder & CEO of Dancing Panda (, an education technology startup focused on family engagement. Other experiences include serving as an operational school leader at an elementary school in East Harlem, a founding team member of Newsela, an edtech literacy startup, and a talent development leader overseeing anti-racism work at an education non-profit in East Harlem.

Deb started her career in technology marketing, working with Fortune 500 companies. She first worked as a senior customer services representative managing the accounts of several financial services firms for a technology market research firm, IDC. Later, she oversaw the marketing and operations of The Computerworld Honors Program, an IT awards program.

Deb has a Masters in Education Leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems , an MBA from Babson College focused on Social Entrepreneurship, and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She enjoys networking and meeting other people, cooking, arts and crafts, watching movies and Asian dramas, reading, singing, snowboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and travel. Deb lives with her husband and two young children in northern NJ.


  • Operations
  • People Management
  • Race, equity, diversity and inclusion (DEI)


  • MEd, Education Leadership, Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
  • MBA, Babson College
  • BA, Wellesley College


  • Education
  • Technology
  • Marketing

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