Deborah Veney is Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications at The Education Trust. Prior, she served as Senior Communications Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she served as the vice president of communications for two national nonprofit organizations in the education sector: the Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Communities In Schools. In both of these roles, she was responsible to developing and executing strategic communications plans, and for providing management and oversight for the media relations, advertising, publications, executive communications and marketing functions for the organization. Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Deborah built a solid career in corporate communications, working with an impressive array of Fortune 500 corporations, including United Healthcare, DuPont and CIGNA Corp. Her experiences include media relations, crisis communications, speech writing, community relations, internal communications, corporate publications and investor relations communications. Deborah was the founding board chair of the Philadelphia affiliate of Komen for the Cure, and has also served on the board of directors of Choice (a women™s health organization in Philadelphia), and on Dean™s Advisory Council for the Drexel-Hahnemann School of Public Health. She holds a bachelor™s degree in journalism from Howard University, and a master™s degree in mass communications from Temple University.