Deborah Mintz

Senior Fellow

San Francisco, CA

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Deborah Mintz has been a leader in the private, government and non-profit sectors for three decades. Pursuing a passion for equity, she has worked to build initiatives, organizations and movements that improve public spaces, public discourse and public services so that all communities have the opportunity to thrive.

As Chief Advancement Officer for NewSchools Venture Fund (2010-2015), a venture philanthropy dedicated to transforming K-12 education through entrepreneurship, Deborah led efforts to increase revenue, diversify funding sources, broaden leadership networks, and put racial equity at the center of education reform. As a member of the leadership team, Deborah helped NewSchools raise and invest more than $70 Million in K-12 education innovation and launch an ed tech seed fund. Deborah led NewSchools Summit, an annual conference attended by more than 1,000 cross-sector leaders, where she and her team worked with the US Department of Education to spark a national conversation on diversifying leadership in education reform organizations.

Between 2016 and 2019, Deborah served as Vice President, External Impact at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that aims to diversify leadership in America’s top corporations and non-profits, and as Chief Advancement Officer at Beyond12, a college success organization that is increasing the number of first generation students and students of color who graduate college.

Before moving from New York to California in the late 1990’s, Deborah was focused on building great cities through public-private partnerships and political action. As a consultant with Geto and de Milly in New York City, she created advocacy campaigns for public education reform, LGBT rights and gun control. As Project Manager at Ehrenkrantz and Eckstut Architects, she connected communities and developers in the process of designing large -scale urban projects marked by iconic public spaces. As Director of Housing Coordination in the office of the Mayor, she worked across City agencies to expedite construction of $5.1 billion of affordable housing. As co-founder of the New York City Council Land Use Division, she co- created a new legislative function that improved civic governance by increasing transparency and amplifying community voices in the land use process.

Deborah holds an Ed.M in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Education and studied Government and Russian History at Smith College and Yale University.

Deborah lives in San Francisco with her husband. They are the proud parents of two daughters, living in NYC. Deborah loves to travel, read, cook, hike, listen to classical music and attend live performance of any kind.