Credentials: M.ED, MS
Position title: 4W Senior Program Associate & 4W Director for Africa
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Debbie is the Senior Program Associate and the 4W Leadership Circle Africa Director of the campus-wide 4W Women and Well-being Initiative . As a member of the leadership team she provides strategic guidance, mentoring and coaching support to the Leadership Circle and the 4W programs. She is a Utilization-Focused Evaluator who specializes in using Evaluation Science in Social Movements and Higher Education to promote gender equality, the advancement of girls and women, and inclusive economic growth interventions for marginalized communities.
Before joining UW-Madison in this role, she specialized in applying gender-responsive, culturally responsive, strengths and empowerment evaluation principles to sexual and gender-based violence prevention, community development, women’s leadership, Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), and advocacy initiatives in children, youth and women’s programs and organizations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in supporting the growth of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative leadership development programs and networks of women leaders in academic institutions in the global South and North to build and scale innovative research-to-action programs that practically address barriers to women’s and family wellbeing.
Debbie is a Women Leaders for the World (WLW) alumnae of How Women Lead Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), a pioneering initiative as a Global Women’s Leadership Network of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, CA, USA; a Global Women in Management (GWIM) alumnae of the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and she is affiliated to the African Gender and Development Evaluation Network (AGDEN), the Project Management Institute Inc and the Blue Marble Evaluation community. She studied at Makerere University, Uganda, the Uganda Management Institute and Claremont Graduate University, USA.