Debrah has led the Estuary Partnership since its inception in 1995, developing and implementing the first two-state comprehensive action plan for the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River. She has grown the Estuary Partnership to a multi-million dollar organization with a staff of 21, building science tools and databases, restoring thousands of acres of habitat, instituting monitoring programs, providing applied learning to students, and engaging thousands of volunteers in riparian plantings. Debrah is working with members of Congress and regional partners to secure legislation that will fund actions to reduce toxic contamination in the Columbia Basin. Debrah has extensive experience leading public agencies and non-profit entities. Prior to moving to Oregon, she served the State of Maine as the Deputy Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection; she previously was the Planning Director for the city of Lewiston, Maine. Debrah holds an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from the University of Maine. She completed work at the Confluence Center for Mediation and Training, (Portland, Oregon) and the M.I.T. - Harvard Program in Dispute Resolution. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.