Deb is a Project Manager for the Urban Ecosystems Team at Azavea. She also serves as the Project Manager for the PhillyHistory.org website where she assists with the daily operations of the project including metadata entry and photo digitization, intern supervision, reporting and marketing, and customer service. She believes that historical records should be freely available to everyone and thinks that geography can revolutionize the way people connect to and understand their history.
Deb received her BA in English from Central Michigan University before moving to Chicago where she completed a Master’s of Public History at Loyola University.
Before coming to Azavea, Deb worked at several cultural institutions on a variety of curatorial, exhibit design, and educational projects. As an interpreter at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, she regularly held scorpions and snakes, danced like a sting ray, and gathered an extensive knowledge of the Giant Pacific Octopus.
Originally from Michigan via Chicago, Deb owns way too many books and loves movies from the 1930s and 1940s.