Deborah is a senior operations professional who started her career putting on large-scale musical events, then as a COO of a digital media company, to her most recent tech ventures as a Fractional COO for early-stage startups and SMEs.
Deborah's undergrad was in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community where she first learned of the intense pressures of plastics on the ocean environment, which lead her to produce a daily talk radio program called "Tomorrow Matters", focusing on solutions of today for a better world tomorrow. She was later elected for a city council position in Pacific Grove, CA on a "triple-bottom-line" stance, where she pledged to consider the health of the ocean with every vote.
Deborah later received an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School where she married her two passions together; operational excellence with mission-driven businesses, which she now brings to COI.
Technology Partner, PDO Technologies
Kevin DeWhitt is the founder of PDO Technologies Inc., a company dedicated to keeping plastic waste out of the natural environment. For the past 7 years, PDO Technologies has advanced its plastic waste conversion technology, making it economically efficient, carbon neutral and operable in the most remote corners of the world. Partnering with mechanical recyclers and local communities, PDO creates micro-circular economies, processing the hard-to-recycle plastic waste.
Prior to PDO, Mr. DeWhitt founded Agilyx Corporation, (originally, Plas2Fuel), a first of its kind, plastic-to-crude oil technology company. Agilyx raised more than $150 million from green-tech angel investors, venture capitalists and strategic partners, becoming the leader in chemical recycling. Mr. DeWhitt led the development efforts as Chief Technology Officer, resulting in commercialization in 2012 at three project locations in the USA. Mr. DeWhitt has been granted one international and eight national (US) patents related to PTF technology.
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