Deb is the President and Founder of ICG Strategies, a boutique firm that nurtures communities and groups through inquiry, change, and growth. Deb is passionate about building community, and her work centers on facilitating multi-sector collaboration to achieve a common purpose.
Deb nurtures groups of all sizes – from broad community outreach endeavors to intimate team-building retreats. Through her work, she focuses on discovering common ground among stakeholders while also probing how individual assumptions can impact decisions, and how these decisions affect the world around us.
Deb has spent 15 years developing thoughtful leaders through designing, teaching, and facilitating various cohort-based, experiential leadership programs. She has professional expertise in areas such as: leadership development; non-profit management; volunteer empowerment; community engagement; religious and civic institutions, equity of opportunity and access; land-use and transportation planning; economic development; resilience; diversity and inclusion; and the intersection of federal, state, and local governance.
When working with groups, Deb offers deep experience in and sensitivity to noticing unspoken dynamics, artfully bringing them to the surface, and enabling a group to confront and work through these dynamics in order to reach new levels of understanding and introspection. She has been known to specialize in “holding up a mirror” to help participants view issues in a new light. She is passionate about making space for the things that are hard to talk about, and nurturing those conversations in a way that has deep impact. She is skilled at creating meaningful gatherings both in person, and in the virtual space, and draws from the best of practice in identifying creative modalities to engage individuals and groups.
Deb holds an Executive Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. She’s a born and raised New Yorker, and now resides in the Metropolitan Washington Area with her husband and two kids.