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Pennsylvania native Deborah Kerr spent her childhood in the historic Lehigh County before moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1977. Married to Leigh R. Kerr, President of Leigh Robinson Kerr and Associates, Inc., a South Florida land planning and consulting firm, they enjoy the benefits of living in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Their daughter Nicole is pursuing her professional career in California.
Deborah Kerr was appointed in 2008 by Commissioner John E. Rodstrom Jr., and again in 2013 by Commissioner Tim Ryan, to the Broward Cultural Council and has served as Chairman of the Public Relations and the Planning Committees. In January 2012, Deborah became the Chair of the Broward Cultural Council.
Deborah is a member of several cultural organizations including Funding Arts Broward (FAB!); Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale; Gold Coast Jazz Society and is a sustaining member of the Junior League. She has served on the boards of the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc., Cities In Schools, Inc.; HANDY, Inc.; the YMCA of Broward County; and the Fort Lauderdale Childrens' Theatre and she also served 2 terms as Chairman and President of the Broward County Film Society which annually presents the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. Deborah is also a member of The Review Club established in 1927.
Mrs. Kerr's professional background was in banking and transitioned in 1990 into the not-for-profit arena as the founding Executive Director and President of Cities In Schools of Broward County, Inc. (Currently known as Communities In Schools). In 1991, South Florida Business Journal named Deborah as a finalist in the non-profit category of its PRICE WATERHOUSE/UP & COMERS AWARD. She assisted in developing a school-based educational program for the Gold Coast Jazz Society and was involved with development and fund-raising for several non-profits. In November 2007, Deborah was honored by the March of Dimes as one of its WOMEN OF DISTINCTION and serves on its Honorary Committee. She received recognition in November 2011, by the Femfessionals as one of Top Women of Fort Lauderdale, as part of the city's Centennial Celebration.
During the past 30 years, Deborah has been an advocate for the arts, education and issues affecting children through many community projects and initiatives. Deborah is a self-taught artist and continues her studies through workshops and collaborations with artists locally and when she travels.