Debra Wexler is the Corporation’s communications officer, national program. She serves as the primary communications liaison with the president’s office and the education program.
Wexler has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the nonprofit and public sectors. Immediately prior to joining the Corporation, she was the assistant vice president for communications and marketing at Hunter College, where she served as chief media spokesperson and oversaw all digital and print communications. Her higher education experience also includes serving as chief communications officer for The Human Project at New York University, where she led a rebrand and oversaw all aspects of communications strategy for a pioneering “big data” study that aimed to examine the dynamic interaction of biology, behavior, and environment across the lifespan of 10,000 New Yorkers.
Wexler also has extensive experience in K12 education, having served as Deputy Press Secretary for the New York City Department of Education and led communications for New Leaders and TNTP, both Corporation grantees. She began her career as the director of public programs and marketing at South Street Seaport Museum, eventually becoming the deputy executive director of education at the museum.
She is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she received a BA in history and English. She also earned MA and M.Phil. degrees in American Studies at NYU, where her concentrations were media studies and Atlantic history, with research focused on political scandal culture in the early Republic and transatlantic world.