Executive Director, Serve Washington
Debbie Schuffenhauer is a 28-year public servant committed to the field of national service and volunteerism. Her work in this sector began with the Employment Security Department’s Washington Service Corps program in 1989. During her tenure as Deputy Director, the Service Corps doubled in size and was frequently recognized for its innovative practices. In July 2012, Governor Gregoire appointed her to serve as the Executive Director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service - which is now known as Serve Washington. She was reappointed by Governor Inslee in 2013.
Ms. Schuffenhauer was elected to the Board of Directors of the America’s Service Commissions in 2014. She also serves on the advisory board for Service House, an initiative to provide affordable housing for full-time volunteers along with education about service and philanthropy. In 2016, Voices for National Service recognized her as National Service Advocate of the Year.
A native Washingtonian, Debbie’s passion for volunteering started at a young age through her experience with Camp Fire and during her teen years as a hospital volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima, Washington. Ms. Schuffenhauer graduated from the University of Washington – Leadership Forum for National Service Executives; South Puget Sound Community College – Washington State Certified Public Manager Program; and the National Service Executive Program in San Francisco, California.