Meet Our CEO

Debera Taylor

NW Works CEO - Debera Taylor

“You never know what somebody is capable of until you give them the opportunity."

Growing up, Debera Taylor saw first-hand how barriers to employment can impact entire families. She watched as her mother struggled to get and keep a job without reliable transportation. She herself walked or rode a bicycle to and from her first job. She also learned how much a person can accomplish when given an opportunity; as she was provided support from a friend navigating how to enroll in college through grants and funding sources. Debera wants to ensure all of our clients have the opportunity to learn, grow and find sustainable employment, because she believes that when our clients succeed, we all succeed.

Debera brings decades of experience in the corporate world, most recently serving as the Vice President of Fortessa Tableware Solutions in Winchester. Her background in human resources lends itself to building dynamic partnerships and she is excited to lead NW Works into the next stage of the organization’s life.

Outside of NW Works, Deb sits on the Board of Directors of the Workforce Initiative. She is also the incoming President of the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge. When she’s not at work, Deb can be found volunteering in the community, as well as spending time with her family and her Yorkie, Nicholas.

NW Works Staff

Governance Leaders

Board Members

 James Burton, Stephanie Fincham, Andrea Koenker, Kevin Lakin, Aaron Martin, Ellen Mason, Samir Jhaveri, Scott Spriggs, and Tom Tarrant.


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