Deborah Feldman has been an active community leader for over thirty years. In her current position she serves as the fourth president and chief executive officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital. Since joining the organization in 2012, Debbie has led the development and implementation of the hospital’s new strategic plan, Destination 2020, setting the vision and path for future mission success. Debbie joined the organization after serving with Montgomery County government for thirty years, the last sixteen as County Administrator. In that role she led many critical community initiatives including the Homeless Solutions Ten Year Plan, the Out-of-School Youth Task Force, the Montgomery County Healthcare Safety Net Task Force and the establishment of the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton. Her leadership in economic development included the development of Riverscape.
Debbie has a strong record of community service. She serves on the boards of the Dayton-area Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Development Coalition, and the Dayton Art Institute. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Cincinnati Branch. Her past board participation includes Central State University, Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Hillel Academy, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.
Her contributions and expertise have been recognized by the YWCA Women of Influence Award, Dayton Daily News Top Ten Women Award, and Dayton Daily News 2006 Person of the Year and by the Dayton Business Journal as one of 2011’s 10 most influential people. Most recently she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wright State University.
Debbie holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Miami University and a master’s of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She is married to Bruce Feldman, is the mother of two children, Amy Knopf, 29 (Gary Knopf), and Jason Feldman, 23, and grandmother to Ava Knopf (Jan. 28, 2014).