MOVING THE MISSION FORWARD
Director of Training and Programs
For 25 years, DeAndre Marshall has worked in the nonprofit and faith sectors creating programs and opportunities for persons of all ages. Most recently she was an Achievement Coach working with parents and their children in setting and reaching personal, professional and educational goals. She also consulted with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ Women and Girls Collaborative, planning and executing programs for women and girls focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5—Achieving Gender Equity.
DeAndre' was introduced to human trafficking over 20 years ago as an Art Therapist for girls residing in Angela's House, one of the first safe houses for sexually exploited girls. She has also consulted with youthSpark and other youth serving organizations. Two of her passions are facilitating two programs which she created: YouNiquelyYou seminars, for tween girls, educating them on their menses, and Self-Esteem Through Art Therapy classes she conducts for children living in underserved communities.
DeAndre' received her BA in English from Austin College in Sherman Texas. She is also a graduate of The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a recent graduate of the Islamic Speakers Bureau Leadership Institute.
Founder and Former Executive Director
Deborah is a nationally recognized expert on social justice for women and girls and an advocate to end human trafficking. Twenty years ago, she pioneered the first programming for sexually exploited girls in the southeast, then led a national campaign to eradicate the facilitation of trafficking on online platforms.
She has testified before Congress, advocated for successful public policies, and advised more than 30 communities throughout the United States on organizing and implementing their efforts to address child sexual exploitation. Her impactful career includes: Executive Vice President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Chief Program Officer at the Women's Funding Network, CEO of The Atlanta Women's Foundation, Director of Program Development for Fulton County Juvenile Court, and Founding Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Fund (now YouthSpark).
Deborah served as the founding Executive Director of IHTI, leading it through its three-year strategic plan and meeting its goal of training over 50,000 people.
She is currently the Executive Director of ACLU of Colorado.