Deborah Stewart Anderson
Deborah has two key roles at MEC. As MEC's Detroit engagement specialist, she connects Michigan’s people and organizations to MEC while improving MEC’s accessibility, relevance and impact. As coordinator for Zero Waste Detroit, Deborah improves public awareness of and encourages participation in sustainable solid waste practices and recycling programs.
She joined MEC in February 2020, extending her role as a mover and shaker of Detroit, her hometown. She organized early homeless shelters, canvassing and voter registration. She directed a nonprofit adult basic education program. She conducted HIV/AIDS outreach and education during its epidemic. Then, she worked in local government and for General Motors.
Complimenting Deborah’s work is a masters of education in instructional design and completion of Michigan State University’s Great Lakes Leadership Academy and Climate Reality leadership training. She works with the following groups: MSU Extension Leadership Council of Wayne County, Land + Water WORKS Coalition and Cancer Action Network.
Deborah’s love of Michigan extends past her hometown. During her statewide travels in 2016 and 2017, she deepened her love of lighthouses and their histories, and she discovered many hidden gem locations. Among them was a retreat in Cassopolis, where she slept in a renovated rail car.
While at home, Deborah likes to meditate, do yoga, grow plants and use essential oils and crystals. She also likes to read – “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson is a favorite.