Debbie Roman has over 15 years of experience in community engagement, workforce development, marketing, branding, and event management. Her expertise and experience were developed in management roles at several non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Her knowledge base also includes specific insights into Hispanic markets.
As its New York Managing Director, Debbie oversees Per Scholas’s largest market with a team of 44 staff, two campuses, and six satellite classrooms across the five boroughs, providing skills training and access to employer networks to individuals often excluded from tech careers. Her approach to her work focuses on building strategic partnerships with staff, community-based organizations, corporations, and private and public foundations to ensure the delivery of the organizational mission. Some of the most recent accomplishments in the last 18 months at Per Scholas New York are an expansion of two satellite classrooms (Jamaica, Queens, and Stepleton, Staten Island), increased enrollment by 30% since 2022 with 837 learners enrolled in 2023, and increased certification rate by 8%.
Before Per Scholas, Debbie expanded her scope to focus on integrating social media technologies in the overall strategy for organizations and lead workshops on the topic as a facilitator with the Non-Profit HelpDesk (NPHD), a program of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.
Debbie’s most recent work history includes Vice President of Membership and Community Development at the Girls Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) as well as the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Director of CARE at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI), Year Up New York, and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT).
Debbie sits on the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) board, is an Executive Board Member of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and is a Board Member at Women Creating Change. She has an MBA in Marketing and an undergraduate degree in Communications. Recently obtained her CNP (Certification NonProfit Professional). She is also a graduate of Disney University, where she learned the essentials of customer service related to the overall customer experience. She brings that same focus on customer service to all her projects and assignments. Debbie lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, Randy Peers, and her daughter, Leslieann.