Deborah DePaoli

Palmetto Engagement and Policy Director


Phone: (864) 287-8063 Ext. 720

In her role as Palmetto Engagement and Policy Director, Deborah informs ICS’s policy and research portfolio, thereby boosting our direct family engagement. She also leads the mission of our South Carolina Early Childhood Common Agenda work and other policy initiatives.

Deborah brings a wealth of experience to this new position. She is the former South Carolina State Manager for the Save the Children Action Network where she recruited and equipped grassroots volunteer advocates across South Carolina. In previous positions, she worked with the state office of South Carolina First Steps as a Regional Coordinator, coaching 4K teachers for effectiveness in curriculum and instruction. Deborah previously taught Spanish in a dual-language immersion program, developing curriculum/procedures/instruction for a new magnet program in Richland County, South Carolina, and she worked in California with migrant laborers and their families to advance student achievement and child wellbeing.

Deborah is a native of California and now lives in Columbia, SC.


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