Deb Halliday brings over 25 years’ experience working with communities to harness the creative spirit and commitment of nonprofit organizations, government, philanthropy, and the private sector to tackle complex, systemic challenges.  She is a regular contributor to the Collective Impact Forum, and serves as a coach and trainer on multi-sector collaboration with groups large and small who want to explore how, working together, we can have an impact on the communities we live in and the lives we share.

Deb is currently Principal at Halliday & Associates. You can contact her at deb@debhalliday.com or call her at (406) 546-6991.

From 2009-2016, Deb served as Senior Policy Advisor to State Superintendent Denise Juneau at the Office of Public Instruction, Helena, Montana. While there, Deb developed innovative public-private sector partnerships, including raising over $1.3 million in corporate and foundation funds and engaging over 450 local businesses to support community engagement in public education. Highlights include launching Graduation Matters Montana, leading to record-breaking high school graduation rates; and Montana Schools of Promise, improving the state’s most struggling schools, all of which are on Indian Reservations. She also served as the federal policy liaison and point person for school-based mental health policy and programming.

You can download the Graduation Matters Montana Toolkit.

From 2004-2009, Deb was the Deputy Director of the Public Policy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, where she provided policy and advocacy expertise to organizations throughout the Northeast and nationally on legislative and regulatory issues related to health care, workforce development and housing. Clients included: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, American Cancer Society – New England Division, The Boston Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council, Community Catalyst and the Children’s Hospital – Boston.

Prior to that, Deb was the Chief Policy Analyst for the Center for Policy Analysis/Community Change in Missoula, Montana, where she convened multi-constituency community-based coalitions around policy and legislative issues; researched and produced analyses on issues related to affordable housing, public finance and economic security; and conducted community education and earned media campaigns.

Awards, Appointments & Commendations

When Collective Impact Has an Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives – Research Advisory Committee Member 2017-2018

2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Performance – Awardee

U.S. Department of Education Northwest Regional Advisory Council – Committee Member

Education Northwest Board of Directors – Appointee

MNA Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence – Strategic Alliances Reviewer

Deb is a graduate of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She lives in Helena, Montana. For more information, please contact deb@debhalliday.com.

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