Deborah Houseworth

Deborah began her nonprofit career, fresh out of college, as Director of Jubilee Crafts, a women led organization that assisted women artisans throughout the world to market indigenous crafts. Often this was the only revenue stream for their families and communities. Central to Jubilee’s mission was sharing the stories of the artists to heighten awareness regarding the impact of US foreign policy on perpetuating their political and social struggles.  Decades, and several nonprofit organizations later, Deborah is thrilled to be working with a women led organization once again, having joined the Washington Women’s Foundation staff as CFO in 2021. In addition to her career in nonprofit management, Deborah is licensed as a Counselor and East Asian Medicine Practitioner. She was CFO of the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine from its inception until 2006, when she left to simplify life for a bit while nurturing her newly born son, who is the luminescent star at the center of her life. When she returned to her practice in 2007, she focused on supporting other women through conception and birth with acupuncture and herbs. She served the Children’s Alliance as Finance Manager and Conservation Northwest as Finance Director alongside this work. She has danced among her dual passions of healing individuals through private practice and healing the world through nonprofit work through the decades. Deborah first learned accounting in the manufacturing business that her father founded, benefiting from the tutelage of the company accountant. She holds a Bachelor degree with Honors from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine, and she studied Organizational Development at the Leadership Institute of Seattle.

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