Deb Markley has over 35 years of experience working in community economic development and community philanthropy as both a faculty member and practitioner. She is Senior Vice President of LOCUS Impact Investing and helps to manage LOCUS’ consulting services for place-focused philanthropic institutions. Together with the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, she is working to advance the practice of economic development philanthropy among place-focused foundations. She helped to lead a national peer learning cohort of community foundations in 2017-2018 and is leading a peer learning cohort of Kansas community foundations working to explore, unlock and deploy local impact investments in their communities. Deb has BS and MS degrees from Cornell University and a PhD from Virginia Tech.