Our Staff & Board
Chief of Staff
Debbie Wilkes is the chief of staff at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she monitors overall staff and resource needs, manages board relations, oversees office management and IT, works with the finance team on annual budgeting, and provides broad troubleshooting and coordination across the organization. Debbie has been with the National Partnership since 2001, working as an executive assistant to the organization’s president for 10 years before assuming her current position in 2011.
Prior to her work at the National Partnership, Debbie was the executive suite supervisor and scheduler for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D–Md.) from 1998-2001 and worked in the chief of staff's office of U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky from 1996-1998. Debbie earned her master's degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in international trade and investment policy and holds a dual degree in international relations and newspaper journalism from Syracuse University. She lives in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and two children.