Debra Hertz is Managing Director of The Strategy Group, a strategic advisory firm that works to help strengthen the impact of non-profits and private foundations. The firm works with organizations on issues related to planning, leadership training, merger negotiations and integration, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to opening The Strategy Group, Debra served as Executive Director of the William Pitt Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on education for low-income youth. Previously she served in several executive positions at a nonprofit agency in Stamford, CT serving families and women who are homeless, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals with mental illness. Debra also brings extensive work serving on and chairing boards. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Board of Liberation Programs, Inc., a substance abuse treatment agency serving Fairfield County. Her other current volunteer work includes serving as chair of the Darien Human Services Commission and on the Board of Directors of Achievement First Bridgeport Academy.