Debra Edwards, President and Chief Development Officer
Throughout her career, Debra (Deb) has worked in non-profit organizations and public institutions in the areas of consulting, fundraising and education. She began her career more than 27 years ago as a part-time receptionist for Colorado Mountain College. During her six year stay with Colorado Mountain College she was promoted to Director, now known as Campus Dean. From 1985 th 2006, she was the Executive Director at The Summit Foundation where she grew the organization from 30 donors and $33 thousand in annual revenue to more than 1,000 donors exceeding $1.5 million in annual revenue. Deb was responsible for all executive management functions of the organization including fundraising, donor cultivation and management, strategic planning and financial management, just to name a few. Most recently, she was a consultant for Raising the Roof - Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Capital Campaign Public/Private Partnership Project. Deb assisted the volunteer Steering Committee in raising over $1 million in community/private contributions for the capital roof project from 2006 to 2007.
Deb brings with her a broad scope of expertise in development and has a proven track record of dramatically increasing annual revenues, securing major gifts, establishing donation programs and laying the groundwork for successful fundraising campaigns. In addition to her foundation experience, Deb has extensive knowledge in management and leadership and has been involved with 42 different community organizations as a board member, committee member or volunteer.
Deb has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado. She and her husband Lee live in Breckenridge. They have two adult children.