Director for the Center for Women and Politics on how 2012 could be landmark year for women winning office
About Debbie Walsh
Debbie Walsh is director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. CAWP is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
Debbie joined the CAWP staff in 1981. As director of the Center, she oversees CAWP's research, education and public service programs. She is frequently called upon by the media for information and comment and speaks to a variety of audiences around the country on topics related to women's political participation. First as director of CAWP's Program for Women Public Officials and now as the Center's director, Walsh has led the Center's extensive work with women officeholders and organized more than a dozen national conferences for women officials.
Walsh serves on the New Jersey Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, having been appointed by Gov. James McGreevey and reappointed by Gov. Jon Corzine. She earned her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her M.A. in political science from Rutgers, where she was an Eagleton Fellow.