Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Debbie Fine is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at American Progress.
As General Counsel, Debbie reports to the President and advises on and oversees implementation of solutions for all legal matters for CAP and CAP Action. She established and runs the Legal Department, hiring and managing internal legal staff and outside counsel relationships across a wide variety of legal disciplines, including: nonprofit law and governance, contracting, employment law, copyright, election law, trademark, defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, ethics and compliance, among others.
As Corporate Secretary, Debbie serves as a primary staff liaison to the board of directors of CAP and CAP Action. She advises the President, Chair, and boards on best corporate governance practices for the boards and implements these practices; manages scheduling, preparation of board agenda materials, and follow-up board meetings; as well as staffing board committees and their meetings and all board actions. Her office also maintains corporate records.
As a member of the management committee and senior leadership, Debbie provides general advice and serves as a utility team player on a variety of non-legal challenges and projects that arise in the course of doing business.
Prior to joining American Progress, Debbie was an associate in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP in the technology transactions and bankruptcy and restructuring groups. At Morrison & Foerster, she advised clients on a broad range of services and transactions related to intellectual property, electronic commerce, and emerging technologies.
Prior to attending law school, Debbie worked at the White House from 1993 until 1997 in the Office of Public Liaison and on the staff of the Domestic Policy Council, serving most recently as a special assistant to the president and working as a political liaison and policy analyst on numerous issue areas including health care, reproductive rights, and the environment. In 1997, she was a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education, implementing the America Reads Challenge.
Debbie is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Cornell University; she serves on the DC Advisory Board for Caron Treatment Centers.