Co-Founder and Managing Director
Deborah Markley is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Center. Deb provides strategic oversight and management of the Center, which includes working with the Center's board of directors. In addition, she guides the Center's measurement and research agendas, including development and implementation of tools for measuring success, practice-driven research, and evaluation of model entrepreneurship development systems and initiatives in rural places. She collaborates with colleagues across the Center to capture and communicate the impact of the Center's work. Deb brings more than 30 years of experience in field-based research in rural economic development to the Center.