Deborah R. Jospin

Deborah (Deb) Jospin is partner and co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. Since 2001, sagawa/jospin has provided foundations and nonprofit organizations with expertise in strategic planning, board development, public policy and program design, business partnership development, coalition building and social entrepreneurship. With Shirley Sagawa, she is co-author of The Charismatic Organization: 8 Ways to Grow a Nonprofit That Builds Buzz, Delights Donors, and Energizes Employees, Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Before starting her consulting career, Ms. Jospin worked as an attorney in private practice. In 1993, Ms. Jospin joined the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program, where she worked as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff. Ms. Jospin was appointed Director of AmeriCorps by President Clinton in 1997, a position she held until 2001. Ms. Jospin continues to actively support AmeriCorps members by serving as a board member of ServeNation and the Music National Service. She is also a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Local Advisory Council of Playworks, a national AmeriCorps program.

Ms. Jospin is President of the Daniel A. Dutko Memorial Foundation, established in memory of her late husband Dan Dutko. Through the Foundation’s Dutko Fellowship program, a select number of Tufts graduates who are interested in public policy management get their critical “first job” in Washington, D.C., working in politics, in media, or for a nonprofit organization. The fellows become part of an active network of Tufts alumni mentors who help them shape their thoughts about politics, citizenship and using power positively for social change.

Ms. Jospin graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in 1980. While at Tufts, she was active in the Experimental College, played varsity tennis and was a long distance runner. She earned an M.Sc. in Public Policy from the London School of Economics in 1983 and went on to earn a law degree from Georgetown University in 1989. When Tufts University created the University College of Citizenship and Public Service in 1999 (since renamed the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service), Ms. Jospin became a founding member of its national advisory board. She currently chairs the Tisch College Board.

Ms. Jospin was elected an Alumni Trustee of Tufts University in 2002 and a Charter Trustee in 2008. She is an active member of the Academic Affairs Committee and serves as Chair of the Council of Boards of Advisors. In 2009, Ms. Jospin received the Light on the Hill Award, the highest honor that the undergraduate student body bestows on Tufts alumni.

Last updated:    June 2013