She also currently serves as the Executive Director for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan Alliance, a consortium of former public health hospitals that provide health care to military beneficiaries and military retirees. In 2017, Debra was appointed to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service Commission, which was formed to review the Selective Service System and develop recommendations to improve the awareness, aspiration, and access to military, national and public service.
From 2014 to 2017, Debra served as the Assistant Secretary of Manpower and Reserves Affairs for the United States Army. As the Assistant Secretary, she effectively managed Army military, civilian and contractor personnel, training and readiness policies, including health care services, for over 1.2 million soldiers and Army civilians. She oversaw morale, welfare and recreation programs that supported over 2 million Army dependents.
Prior to her appointment by President Obama, Debra spent over 25 years in Congress, including over a decade of experience on the House Armed Services Committee where she served as Deputy Staff Director, Lead Military Personnel Staff, and Professional Staff Member. Debra graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.