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Deborah Dworkin Thompson, MAOM, WPCC

Chief Strategist, Consultant & Coach

During her career, Deborah has earned a reputation for:

  • Strategic Visionary Leadership by building high performance teams, creatively leveraging resources, and designing innovative programs that exponentially grow mission impact and effectiveness.

  • Turnaround & Crisis Specialist leading organizations with courage and commitment through periods of turmoil, enabling mission and operational continuity while re-establishing trust and minimizing risk.

  • Exceptional Team Coach and Culture Builder who quickly recognizes and leverages talent, builds and elicits trust, coaches staff and leaders to higher levels of performance, and develops strong, unified teams.  

  • Authentic, Principled Leader that genuinely cares about clients and team members, aligns mission and values with organizational decisions, and courageously addresses challenging situations.  

  • Board Governance Expert with experience building, training and repositioning boards to effectively lead and govern organizations.

Deborah Dworkin Thompson is a strategic leader with a growth mindset who has achieved exceptional results as a senior executive for not-for-profit organizations over the past 30 years.  She is guided by a deep sense of purpose and commitment to servant leadership, and is passionate about developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders.  Deborah launched Studio 929 West in 2019 as an opportunity to impact a broader array of nonprofit organizations through coaching and consulting services, with emphasis on improving leadership, governance and operational practices across the sector. 




Deborah's Professional Nonprofit Work Experience

  • Faculty Associate in Board Governance, Arizona State University Lodestar Center Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation

  • Chief Operating Officer, New Pathways for Youth, Phoenix AZ

  • Vice President of Chapter Advancement, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (National HQ), Phoenix, AZ

  • Interim President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Chapters - Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Greater Los Angeles, Texas Plains

  • Interim VP & Chief Development Officer, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Phoenix, AZ

  • Director of Development & Marketing, West Valley Arts Council, Litchfield Park, AZ

  • Community Development Director, Youth Evaluation & Treatment Centers, Phoenix, AZ

  • Development Officer, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Planning & MIS Manager, Cumberland County Training Resource Center, Portland, ME

  • Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Educational Background 

  • Master's in Organizational Management, University of Phoenix

  • B.A. with honors in American Studies, Trinity College, CT

  • Certified Whole Person Certified Coach, Coach Training World, Portland, OR

  • Certificate - Interim Executives Academy, Third Sector Company

  • Certificate - Nonprofit Executive Leadership, Arizona State University

  • Certificate - Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Leadership, Harvard Business School

  • Certificate - Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, National Family Support Network

  • Certificate - Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership

  • Certificate - Vital Factors, Management Action Program

  • Certificate - The Equity Journey, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Affiliations & Volunteer Service

  • International Coach Federation, Member - Arizona Chapter Board Coach/Consultant

  • Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, Lifecycles Capacity Consultant

  • BoardSource, Member

  • Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Member

  • Nonprofit Learning Lab, Member

  • American Nonprofit Academy, Member

  • Story Preservation Association, Board Officer

  • New Pathways for Youth, Volunteer Mentor & Speaker's Program

  • Catch-A-Fire, Volunteer

  • Conspiring Women, Peer Coach

  • Women for Change Coaching Community


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