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Debra Shapira, Director of Development

Debra has dedicated her career to social and economic justice as a development professional, working with organizations that create pathways out of poverty for vulnerable communities. She has extensive experience building and implementing strategies to fund programs in East Africa, and will be leading Flying Kites' efforts to cultivate partnerships to support our work in Njabini. 

As the mother of a young daughter who had the luck of the draw to be born into a comfortable home with healthy parents in a state with the best public education in the country, she reminds herself regularly that her daughter is the outlier, the exception, and that far more children across the state, the country, and the globe don’t share her fortune. So she dedicates herself to striving toward equality, and helping all children have opportunities to thrive. Contact her at: debra@flyingkites.org