Founder and Managing Partner
GSV Acceleration Fund
Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund investing in the most dynamic entrepreneurs and companies leveraging technology in the global $4.9 trillion education and talent technology sectors. GSV’s premier portfolio of Learning and Talent Technology companies including Andela, Clever, ClassDojo, Course Hero,CreativeLive, Degreed, Lightneer, Pluralsight, Raise, and Turnitin, among others.
A prolific angel investor, Deborah holds over 25 investments in disruptive technology companies. Previously she co-founded GSV Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on learning and human capital technology companies. She also co-founded the annual ASU GSV Summit. This event, now in its 8th year, with over 3,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global education and human capital landscape.
She previously co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology focused investment bank, which was acquired in 2007 by a UK firm. She was previously a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed, Lightneer, and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW) and is a board observer of Raise and CreativeLive. She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, Marwen, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Teach for America Chicago, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.