Serving as a political and peace activist, Debra is committed to fostering a culture of peace and connecting like-minded individuals and organizations to create a sustainable and healthy society. Debra Olson has been an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2006. She served as a member of the Business Council of Women for Hillary Clinton during the Presidential Primary 2008 and now is a contributor and organizer for the Hillary for President 2016 Campaign. As the National Senior Advisor and a fundraising consultant for the Kucinich for President Campaign in 2003, she designed and implemented the first on-line political fundraising campaigns nationwide. With access at the top of the political and financial sectors internationally, Ms. Olson uses her talents and passion to build strategic alliances.
Recognizing the need to create a place where we relate to ourselves, others, and nature with gratitude, mutual respect, and compassion, Ms. Olson has become a champion of the peace movement. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of PeaceCast.tv and is Co-Executive Producer of the International Day of Peace news and entertainment webcast, September 21, 2014. In addition, she is the Executive Producer of the Diana Nyad video, Find a Way. Ms. Olson participated in two Climate Crisis Symposiums in Sweden at the Tallberg Forum (2006 and 2007). She was the lead fundraiser with Hanne Strong for the Women’s Peace Summit of religious and spiritual leaders held at the United Nations in Geneva in 2003. She also helped organize the Youth Summit in Kenya, 2006, and presented a speech, “Common Sense Solutions” for a sustainable and positive future in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the Youth Summit in 2008. For the past ten years, she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Coalition for Engaged Education in Santa Monica. Both of Ms. Olson’s daughters attended New Roads High School before earning their respective degrees at Barnard College and at Columbia University. Ms. Olson remains dedicated to helping underserved youth and expanding the educational and social justice movement spearheaded by Paul Cummins and the Herb Alpert Educational Village.