Deborah Altenburg is the Assistant Vice President for Research Advocacy and Policy. She works with both the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs and the Office of Research, Innovation & STEM Policy to ensure integration and cohesiveness of APLU research advocacy.
to this role Deborah served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations for The State University of New York (SUNY). In this position, she led federal research and policy advocacy efforts for the 64 campus SUNY System. She was also responsible for systemwide research development efforts within the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Energy.
Deborah also previously served for 15 years as Director of Federal Relations for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). During her tenure at RPI she served a term as President of the Science Coalition and three-year term as a Board Member for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
Deborah began her career in Washington, D.C. working for her hometown Congressman- United States Representative Sherwood Boehlert. Congressman Boehlert served as Chairman of the House Science Committee. Deborah worked for Congressman Boehlert for over seven years rising to the position of Legislative Director.
Deborah received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.