Debbra A.K. Johnson serves as the Vice Chair of the ARISE U.S. Network. She has been a member ARISE since 2011. The organization is the Private Sector Alliance for Resilience Societies and it is led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
Debbra has spent portions of her career moving between business ownership and corporate intrepreneurship – working on diverse issues across a number of sectors and disciplines.
In 2014, following 16 years with DuPont where she held leadership positions in strategic market & product development, and sustainability, Debbra launched a small business that leverages global teaming to bring together best-in-class knowledge and experts. Services include the models and the means to develop the essential capacities for adapting and transforming organizations; as well as advice, technical guidance and tools for ‘next gen’ disaster risk reduction/ resilience, climate adaptation, and sustainable development. The work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, The Sendai Framework, and the Climate Agreement.
Debbra is also a member of the Climate Chain Coalition, the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium, and she serves on the University of Oklahoma Public Service Institute Coalition.
She is a graduate of the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham, and holds a Certificate of Distinction in Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, from the SDG Academy/Stockholm Resilience Institute, and a Certificates in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder.