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Deborah Melee Reed
Deborah Melee Reed

LAMM Project Manager, Assistant Professor of Practice, Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services

Education: MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work; BA, Sociology, University of Washington

Experience: Deborah is the Project Manager for the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers, a national leadership development academy for middle managers in public, tribal and privatized child welfare systems. Its goal is to enhance the ability of middle managers to apply leadership skills for implementation of sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for children, youth and families. Prior to working at PSU, Deborah worked for Washington States’ Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration, Division of Management and Accountability as Statewide Program Manager. At the Children’s Administration, Deborah served as statewide Supervisor of Placement and Permanency Planning (included foster care, adoption, guardianship programs and private agency contracts), Project Manager for the CFSR, Program Manager for Field Operations-Risk Management, Case Manager (CPS and CWS) and Social Work Supervisor. As a manager in private not for profit organizations, her work included oversight of foster care programs in multiple states and included the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota. Deborah began her career working as a child care specialist in residential treatment facilities in Oregon and Washington and has over 30 years of experience in both public and private child welfare agencies as a clinician and a manager. 

Teaching/Training Areas: Deborah is particularly interested in the relationship between knowledge, practice and systems change that supports integrated policies, program and practice to improve organizational culture and increase positive outcomes for children and families in Child Welfare.

Interests: Her cute as all get out dog- Maude (Westie), Nordic skiing, kayaking, golf, reading, gardening, music and art.

Contact Information:; 503-725-8098