Debra LaMorte

Of Counsel

Debra joined us as Of Counsel with nearly 30 years of experience in the higher education sector and significant knowledge of the New York market. She is Special Advisor to the President at New York University and served as Senior Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at NYU from 2001 to 2017.

In fall 2013, Debra and then NYU President John Sexton launched the “Momentum Campaign” with the ambitious goal to raise $1 billion by 2017, exclusively dedicated to generating scholarships. Debra oversaw NYU’s $2.5 billion comprehensive campaign, which ended in August 2008 as the largest completed campaign in the history of education at that time—raising $3.1 billion.

Debra first joined NYU in 1990 as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the NYU School of Law. In 1991, she was promoted to Senior Director of Development. For nine years she served as Associate Dean of External Affairs, during which the Law School completed a $185 million campaign—at that time, the largest campaign in the history of legal education.

From 1984–1989, Debra served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Computer Doctor Inc. She practiced law in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1979 to 1984.


New York, New York


  • Antioch College, B.A.
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D.

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