Debra Strauss is Vice-Chairman of the National PTA Organizational Effectiveness Committee. She was also appointed as a member to the State of Illinois Governor's P-20 Council in December 2009 and Co-Chair of the Family, Youth and Community Engagement Committee. Debra graduated from Michigan State University (1980) with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Education and worked for the Girl Scouts of America Illinois Crossroads Council, and for the Dean of Education at the National-Louis University.
She has previously served on the National PTA Board of Directors, was the National PTA Bylaws and Policy Committee Chair, Illinois PTA President and President-elect, member of National PTA training team as a facilitator, workshop presenter and Train-the-Trainer, Illinois PTA Legislation Chair, Illinois PTA Leadership Development Chair and Plum Grove Jr. High PTSA Local Unit President.
In addition to her many roles with PTA, she has also taken part in her community in positions such as member, board secretary and board president for Township High School District 211 Board of Education, chairman of Building Bridges Fundraising campaign for the Bridge Youth and Family Services and representative for Township High School District 211 Board of Education on the ED-RED (Educational Research Development Organization, the lobbying group of Chicago area suburban school). She was also elected as trustee of the Educational Foundation of Community Consolidated School District 15 and served as Foundation Chairman.
Debra's awards and honors include those such as the "Those Who Excel" Award, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois PTA Honorary Life Membership presented by Northwest Suburban Council PTA/PTS. She is married to Michael and has two grown children and three grandsons.