Deborah Marcus is the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA), the nationally recognized nonprofit leader in high school drop out prevention and Integrated Student Supports, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISLA is partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District at 8 Title 1 middle and high schools in Boyle Heights, South LA, Downtown, and West LA serving over 9,000 students and families annually with a 96% graduation rate. In 2014 Deborah was appointed LA City Commissioner by Mayor Eric Garcetti and continues to serve as Vice Chairwoman for the Commission on Community and Family Services.
Prior to joining CISLA in 2010, Deborah worked as the National Development Director for The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit organization that encourages artists across all disciplines to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children battling serious illness and hospitalization.
Deborah joined the nonprofit sector following 2 years with the London & Singapore-based licensing and brand management company Global Brands, working with internationally recognized consumer brands including FIFA and Disney. Prior to that, and upon graduating from Northwestern University, Deborah lived in New York City where she worked for 8 years as a development executive and producer for NY-based film company, Abandon Pictures.
A Los Angeles native, and an LAUSD graduate (Hamilton High School, ’94), Deborah returned to Los Angeles in 2006. She is married to Andrew Marcus and is the beaming mother of 2 boys, Dylan (7) and Oliver (1) and boy dogs Boogie and Bauer. Her living room is pink to balance all of that male energy.