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Deborah first visited Jackson in 1984 and it left an indelible impression upon her. She returned several times since and finally fulfilled her decades-long dream of building a home in Jackson. Deborah is an entrepreneur and senior communications leader that has founded innovative socially focused companies. Most recently, as the Founder and CEO of Amavitae, a social enterprise designed to address the skills, opportunity, and fulfillment gaps. Previously she founded a strategic communications firm that led the efforts to advance the  Democracy Is… campaign, a public-private partnership that included the U.S. Department of State, International Youth Foundation, NBC Universal, and YouTube, among many others. The program used creative challenges (e.g., video and photo) intended to spark a global online dialogue on democracy. More than 132 countries participated. Previously she served in a variety of senior communications roles at Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and HBO. Ms. Ramo is a member of the Board of Directors of the KCRW Foundation, which supports NPR’s flagship station in Southern California. She is a co-founder of Workplace Hollywood, a non-profit that provides job development services to disadvantaged youth. In addition, Ms. Ramo is a Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business.

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