Dr. Deborah J. Wilds retired as the chief operating officer of the College Success Foundation (CSF) in January 2014.
Prior to joining CSF in 2006, Deborah served as a senior program officer for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led efforts for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Gates Cambridge Scholars and the Washington State Achievers Program. She also oversaw the early college initiative creating 250 new early college high schools.
Deborah served as the deputy director of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Office of Minorities in Higher Education, in Washington, D.C. She has co-authored several books, written more than 20 articles, and co-authored ACE’s Annual Status Report on Minorities in Higher Education. She was the co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors of New Era Education, an independent school and pre-school located in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2013, she was appointed to the Washington State Board of Education, and also currently serves on the boards of Washington State Mentors, Philanthropy Northwest, College Spark, The Corporation for Enterprise Development, UW Bothell Advisory and the Seattle University Board of Regents.
Deborah has a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park; a master’s degree from Howard University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Diego.