Debbie Adler

Executive Leadership Program - Vancouver Class 03

Debbie Adler
Creative Strategist
My experience and deep interests:
I am based in: San Francisco

I am a creative strategist, entrepreneur enabler, and curiosity addict.


At present, I am: collaborating on The Seeker’s Guide, a book that brings together texts from across all religions and will be distributed in millions of hotel rooms (a THNK project); providing strategic support and funding outreach for Venture+Gain, a wellness-oriented transitional retreat and fellowship for recently returned veterans; and imagining the future of masculinity for the 21st century--wondering how the fourth wave of feminism will enable the paradigm shift.


Previously, I consulted with dozens of nonprofit organizations on their engagement strategies, campaigns, and digital communications, in particular email. I developed and designed complex programs that have grown email lists and driven online donations for clients such as: The XPRIZE Foundation, Homeboy Industries, GODIVA,, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Film Society at Lincoln Center, among others.


I started my career at the intersection of media, content, and digital distribution as the Music Publicity Director at KCRW, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles, MBA intern with the digital group at HBO, and as the Director of Digital Marketing at WNET, the PBS affiliate in New York City.


I attended the THNK School of Creative Leadership course on design thinking for social impact in 2016, received my MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Sociology from Brandeis University, where I am also on the board of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.