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Director of Workforce Equity & Innovation

Deborah is the Director of Equity and Innovation at the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP).  


Before joining H-CAP, Deborah served as elected Vice President and Home Care Director of SEIU District 1199NE in Connecticut.  At the local union, she led bargaining, leadership development programs, policy, and legislative strategy to achieve breakthrough standards for over 10,000 home care workers. Deborah spearheaded workforce development programs as a trustee of the 1199NE Training & Upgrading Fund, co-chair of the labor-management initiative that established a first-time home care orientation and training program, and a legislative and gubernatorial appointee to a low-wage employer advisory board and human services policy committee respectively.

Before being an elected officer at SEIU District 1199NE, Deborah led winning contract and field campaigns for 20,000 home care workers at SEIU Local 503 in Oregon.  Deborah brings extensive experience working with unions, employers, labor-management training partnerships, and stakeholders to build equitable workforce development systems that support worker power and quality care. 


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