Deborah is a lifelong Oregonian. She grew up in east Portland and both her parents, Gretchen and Stephen, were teachers in Portland Public Schools who also served in public office.
Deborah’s values were formed early: During her childhood there were times her mother would open up their home to someone who was homeless or to a woman and her child who were escaping domestic violence. She learned that when someone is in trouble, it is our obligation to extend a hand to help.
After graduating from Grant High School, Deborah attended Whitman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Outside of her studies, she ran the women’s resource center on campus. When she returned to Portland, she became involved in the community, which included working for the Portland Public Schools bond campaign, representing North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon House and serving on the board of Transition Projects, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect homeless individuals to job and life skills so that they can become self-sufficient and stay housed.
After taking several years to focus her time on raising three children, Deborah decided to run for Multnomah County Commissioner. She took office in 2009 during one of the most crippling economic downturns in history. She is especially proud that while the county made progress on tough issues, the board of commissioners and staff worked together to put the county back on solid financial ground.
As commissioner, Deborah was the board representative on the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee, which awards competitive grants to fund early childhood and parent education, after-school and mentoring programs and child abuse prevention efforts. She also served on the county’s Audit Committee and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She still serves as co-president of the PTA at her children’s public elementary school.
Deborah lives in southeast Portland with her husband Nik Blosser and their three children, Alexander, Jacob and Anna.