Debi Chess Mabie is the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Previously, she was the Director of Development and Educational Programming for The Loft Cinema. Debi has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit program development and organizational management for youth and arts organizations. In Chicago, she was the Executive Director of Boocoo Cultural Center and Café, an arts based community center that bridged social and economic barriers via inclusive arts programming.
Debi has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wright State University and a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served in the United States Peace Corps in Jamaica from 1989 to 1991.