Debora Kerr, MA

Executive Director

Debora Kerr, MA, has an extensive background in funding research, resource development and grant management in the nonprofit sector. Her 20 years of service to various nonprofit agencies has focused on building multi-disciplinary collaborations and project development. In creating grant partnerships, she has had the opportunity to work with representatives of community based organizations, universities, county governments, state and federal agencies, and local and national foundations. With a proven track record in funding awards, Ms. Kerr’s activities in public health, biotechnology, environmental health and workforce sectors have resulted in financial assistance and operational support to many local, state and federal programs.

In addition to serving as staff of the Florida Public Health Institute, the Palm Beach County Regional Workforce Board and the Palm Beach County Health Department, Ms. Kerr has been involved in various leadership roles in community efforts locally and regionally. This includes serving on committees or boards for the 10-year Palm Beach County Economic Development Plan; Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP), a countywide strategic health services planning process; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded Building Resilience against Climate Effects (BRACE) FDOH technical advisory group; and the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, an environmental organization dedicated to educational outreach central to the restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem.

Ms. Kerr has always maintained her interest in the welfare of the people of Guatemala after completing her fieldwork for her master’s degree in anthropology/archaeology in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa on the Pacific Coast. She traveled extensively throughout Central America during this time and visited other countries including Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras.