Jean Portianko Debra DeRuyver
Director of Communications

+1 (202) 470-4818 ext. 102

Debra joined the ILA after spending three years as the Electronic Communications Coordinator for the Academy of Leadership, where she developed their web site into a content rich resource on leadership, and a year as the Internet and Information Project Manager for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, where she developed an interactive web site and published a quarterly print newsletter, Splash.

Debra is ABD in American Studies from the University of Maryland where she taught one of the first web-based distance education classes on campus, a senior seminar on electronic publications and virtual exhibitions. In 2001, her web site,, won the National Council for Public History's graduate student project of the year award. She has also been active in the field of leadership studies, writing a hypertextual literature review of the field for the Leadership Learning Community, and teaching a junior level seminar at Maryland on the topic of online activism and online leadership. She has pubished in American Quarterly, the premier journal in American Studies.

In the past, Debra has been politically active around graduate student labor issues and was co-chair of the American Studies Association's Students Committee from 1997 - 1999. Prior to that she was involved in student government at Cal State University, Fullerton, where she received her Master's in American Studies and The University of Michigan, where she received a B.A. in English Literature (Go Blue!).  Debra loves to travel, read French symbolist poetry, go to the flicks, play Minecraft with her tween son and go to the park with her twin 4-year olds.