Deborah H Quazzo, Member
Deborah Quazzo was appointed to the Chicago Board of Education in June of 2013 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ms. Quazzo currently is the managing partner at GSV Advisors, which she founded in 2009 to support the development of innovative ideas in the education and business services sectors through advisory services, working with emerging companies, as well as sophisticated industry leaders. GSV Advisors also co-hosts the annual Arizona State University GSV Education Innovation Summit, which celebrates new ideas across the education sector from early childhood to lifelong learning.
Prior to GSV Advisors, Ms. Quazzo co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, an investment bank with offices across the nation, and served as the company’s President and Head of Investment Banking. Previously, Ms. Quazzo was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. and began her career at J.P. Morgan. Ms. Quazzo is Chairman of the Board of Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved Chicago youth and is a member of the board of Steppenwolf Theater Company. She is also ex officio board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund and previously served on the boards of America’s Promise Alliance in Washington, D.C. (core advocates for underserved youth in America), KIPP Chicago (Knowledge is Power Program), New Schools for Chicago, Teach for America Chicago and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Chicago (NFTE).
She is the proud mother of three children. Ms. Quazzo earned her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1982 and earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.