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Deborah Fisher


Professional Expertise

Deborah Fisher is a trainer with Bolster Collaborative as well as a writer and consultant on children and family issues, specializing in Developmental Assets® and positive youth development. Other expertise includes:

  • Community mobilization
  • Strategic planning for non-profits
  • Communications and media relations
  • Facilitation and instruction
  • Technical writing and media production
  • Non-profit and large project development and management
Contributions to Positive Youth Development Field

As a community instigator, Deborah has helped many Puget Sound organizations infuse assets into their work as well as design and implement asset-based projects. Her work has included guiding community projects aimed at reducing youth violence, helping start and support local family support centers and Healthy Communities • Healthy Youth initiatives, and teaching asset development to youth workers and community members.

As a speaker, Deborah has taught a variety of audiences around the country about Developmental Assets with an emphasis on sharing practical lessons, tips and stories gleaned from her work and writing. Audiences have included the Allen County, Indiana Superior Court Conference on Youth, the YMCAs of Indianapolis and Greater Seattle, Search Institute National Conference, the New York State Office of Children & Family Services Strategic Collaborative County Planning Conference, Assets for Colorado Youth, and the School’s Out Washington Annual Conference. 

As a writer, Deborah has authored several books including:

  • Assets in Action: A Handbook for Making Communities Better Places to Grow Up
  • Working Shoulder to Shoulder: Stories and Strategies of Youth-Adult Partnerships That Succeed
  • Just When I Needed You: True Stories of Adults Who Made a Difference in the Lives of Young People
  • Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets: Ten Steps to Measuring Success in Youth Programs and Communities (co-authored with Pamela Imm, Matthew Chinman and Abe Wandersman)
Professional History

Deborah is a free-lance writer with more than thirty years experience in national print and online magazine work, project management and nonfiction books. She is a former award-winning Minnesota Public Radio legal affairs reporter and NPR contributor. In addition to working as a strategic planner and executive director in the non-profit world, she also has experience in film, video, and corporate projects. She has written a variety of nonprofit and government reports on children’s health, statewide domestic violence planning, and preventing school drop out.

Deborah also conducts the following workshops:

  • Who Was There for You? The Power of Building Positive Relationships with Youth
  • Raising Resilient Special Needs Kids: 40 Strength-based Tools For Parents
  • Safe Dates: An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Curriculum
  • Life Lines: A Sucide Prevention Program Curriculum Implementation Training 

To see more details on the many kinds of projects on which Deborah has worked, visit her on Linked In.

  • MA, Broadcast Journalism, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Journalism, California State University, Sacramento
Awards and Honors
  • Feature and spot news reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, UPI International, Page 1 Awards, and Minnesota AP Broadcaster Achievement Awards
  • Writers Guild-sanctioned staff internship, Paramount Studios
  • National Recreation and Parks Association award for “Seen AND Heard,” a co-produced video featuring teens talking about building assets for the city of Redmond, Washington 
Community Activities
  • Past board chair, Clarion West Writers Workshop
  • Assistant Director, Seattle Knights/Swashbucklers
  • Former Board chair, Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Founding member, Northwest Screenwriters Guild
  • Former member, Minnesota State Bar Media Committee
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