President & Editor-In-Chief
The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation
National Campaign Chair of “Women Veterans ROCK!”
Deborah Harmon-Pugh was appointed as President and Editor-In-Chief of The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation, (The Foundation), in September 2000. She is a former corporate executive; a successful small business owner; an award winning Public Policy Advocate for women and minority owned small businesses.
As President & Editor-In-Chief, Deborah leads The Foundation’s Corporate Relations, Government Relations, and Public Affairs activities. She served as the Mid-Atlantic Caregivers Conference Chair for The Healthy Caregiver’s “Family Caregivers Conference Tour” for five years.
Deborah is Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, (NAWBO), for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of NAWBO. She served two terms as Chapter President and completed her presidency in June 2000. She was recognized for growing the most culturally diverse member roster in the Chapter’s history and expanding the member roster to include many of the region’s largest non-traditionally women owned businesses.
In July 2005, Deborah was appointed Director of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, (SHIP/APPRISE), for the City of Philadelphia through the Mayor’s Commission on Aging. For nearly five years, she lead the outreach, education and enrollment campaign for the New Medicare Modernization Act of 2005 – also known as The New Medicare Prescription Drug Program – for the City of Philadelphia.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, Region III, and the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Deborah was actively engaged in Public Policy, Advocacy, Community-Based Recruiting and Research on cutting edge women’s issues. She served as the Regional Project Manager and Moderator of the 2009 Regional Small Business Summit for the Greater Philadelphia Region under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In 2010 she was appointed as the National Campaign Chair of The“Women Veterans ROCK!” Rally & Advocacy Campaign. She leads The Foundation’s Women Veterans Initiative tracking the unique series of issues and trends challenging America’s NEWEST Women Veterans as they transition from military service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, (OIF/OEF), back into civilian life.
In 2012 Deborah was appointed to the Board of Directors for The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Services and Education Center located in Old City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served a two-year board term.
Under Deborah’s leadership The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation has become a national leader of The “Women Veterans ROCK!” Advocacy Campaign which includes its: Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat; The Women Veterans ROCK National Affiliate Network; Women Veterans ROCK! Days On-Campus; The Women Veterans ROCK Town Hall Tour; and The Women Veterans ROCK! 2020 Delegation To Washington, DC.
Professor Deborah Harmon-Pugh is a Business Management and Constitutional Law Professor at Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia and serves on the Curriculum Review Committee for the College of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. She is also the recipient of many business, trade, government and community awards. They include:
- Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business
- Philadelphia Business Journal’s Woman of Distinction
- Business Philadelphia Magazine 100 People To Watch
- Small Business Administration, (SBA), Minority Advocate of the Year
- Small Business News Public Policy Advocate of the Year
- National Minority Supplier Development Council, Supplier of the Year
- NAWBO Nominee for Woman Business Owner of the Year
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Supreme Service Award
- Susan G. Komen Women’s Champion Award