Propel America

Debra Kurshan

Debra Kurshan previously served as a Vice President in EY-Parthenon’s Education Practice where she consulted with school districts and foundations related to strategy, district finance and organizational redesign.  Prior to joining EY-Parthenon, Kurshan served as the Chief Turnaround Officer at the Connecticut State Department of Education. She also worked at the New York City Department of Education where she led the Office of Portfolio Planning and helped start the iZone, New York City’s Office of Innovation.  Kurshan served as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration where she worked at NASA on strategy and STEM education projects. Kurshan started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and went on to work on international educational technology projects.

 She currently serves on the Board of The Wandering Scholar, an organization that works to provide  international travel opportunities accessible to high schoolers from underrepresented backgrounds, empowering them to become engaged, globally competent citizens.

Kurshan holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.