DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
Author, activist and entrepreneur, Judy founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies - BALLE (2001). Judy’s memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Judy was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016.