Debra L. Ness

President of the National Partnership for Women and Families

As president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, Debra L. Ness leads the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization's work to promote fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Throughout her career, Ness has fought for social justice and equality for women, people of color, workers, seniors, immigrants, people living in poverty and all those who too often are ignored or left behind. Her extensive background in public policy makes her a remarkably effective advocate with a deep understanding of what women and families need at home, in the workplace and in the health care arena. She is a highly respected and oft-quoted expert who testifies frequently before Congress, speaks before prestigious audiences and serves on the boards of some of the nation's most influential organizations. More information is available at