Debra A. Barnes | Executive Biography

A specialist in health and human services philanthropy, Debra was appointed to the position of President of the Alameda Health System Foundation in August, 2011. Most recently she served as the Director of Major Gifts and Campaigns at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, where she led the successful campaign for the new $13 million Breast Health Center and helped raise $10 Million in lead gifts for the  new Patient Care Pavilion now open in Oakland.

Prior to this, Debra served for eight years as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) a national charity serving the US and Canada.  There she raised an average of $18 million annually to support the free provision of guide dogs and training in their use to blind people throughout North America.

Earlier in her career, Debra held leadership positions in marketing and public relations for several Bay Area community hospitals including Children’s Hospital in Oakland, St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco and Seton Medical Center in Daly City.

Debra first became exposed to the world of urban public health hospitals in the 1990s when Mayor Frank Jordan appointed her to the San Francisco City and County Public Health Commission. She served a four-year term on its budget and appropriations committee and concurrently was a member of the inaugural board of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

A resident of Berkeley, Debra served for several years as a member of the board of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and is currently active in the Oakland Rotary Club. She holds a credential as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional and is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).



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