Debrah R. Giles- 2020 Victory V. Lee Awardee Organizational Foundation Of The Year


Debrah Giles is a philanthropic and non-profit management professional that serves as a Senior Program Officer for the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, CA.  She specializes in supporting initiatives with in EBCF that foster education and youth development.  In her role, she serves as the Senior Program Officer for The Clorox Company Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program and continues to lead the work that focuses on Boys & Men of Color. 

Prior to joining the East Bay Community Foundation, Debrah had over 14 years of experience working for Sun Microsystems in their Global Community Development Group (Foundation) managing all aspects of their national and regional grant-making programs.  She was responsible for regional and field management in community relations and volunteer projects. She also developed and guided major funding programs, such as their International Disaster Relief, Multi-year Educational Grants and global gift matching programs.  She was also involved in managing, coordinating and developing strategies for improving their grant processing and the facilitation of regional grants. 

Debrah received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College.  She is a native of Oakland and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.


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