Deb Ekeren, MA, SPHR | Center for Victims of Torture

Deb Ekeren, MA, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Deb Ekeren has served as the Director of Human Resources since 2003. Her expertise includes planning, organizational development, coaching, and implementing effective management practices that support workplace engagement within complex organizations. Prior to joining CVT, she provided leadership in human resources for several nonprofit organizations. She worked at Chrysalis–A Center for Women, University of Minnesota, and the Council on Crime & Justice. As a consultant, she supported the work of Family Tree Clinic, WomenVenture and Northside Achievement Zone. She has also volunteered with InsideNGO and Habitat for Humanity. She holds an MA in human resources management from St. Mary’s University and a BA from Hamline University. Deb holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.



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