Dr. Debra Beck

Debra Beck, EdD

Dr. Debra Beck brings more than 30 years of experience serving on, and consulting with, nonprofits and their boards. She has worked with governing bodies at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Based in Laramie, Wyoming, Debra specializes in building boards' capacity to govern: understanding the special roles of governance and thinking more expansively about their critical leadership responsibilities for defining, protecting and advancing the organization's vision and mission.

Debra earned a doctorate in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming in 2009. Her dissertation, titled “The Practice of Generative Governance: A Case Study Exploring Board Learning in Context,” explored the factors that facilitate generative thinking and learning in board meetings.A chapter based on her dissertation research appeared in New Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches, published by Routledge in 2013.

Debra is an experienced distance educator, teaching courses on a range of nonprofit topics since 2001. She received a Wyoming Distance Education Consortium Master Distance Educator Award in 2011. 

Her most recent course offering is an online, video-based course available through the learning.ly platform. Click HERE for more information about that course, titled "Engaging Board Leadership: A New Chair's Guide to Facilitating Effective Nonprofit Governance."