Deborah Markley

Senior Vice President , LOCUS Impact Investing
Chapel Hill, NC

  • Impact Investing
  • Rural Development
  • Shifting Foundation Capital

About Deborah

Deborah Markley co-founded the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in 2001 (located in NC and NE). In 2017, the Center joined Virginia Community Capital to launch LOCUS, a social enterprise focused on local investing for impact. Prior to 2001, Deb was a rural economic development consultant and faculty member at the University of TN, the University of MA and Purdue University. Deb is on the Southern Rural Development Center Board and the Healthy Communities Initiative Advisory Council for the Kansas Health Foundation. She was part of the WealthWorks community of practice, developing an approach to doing economic development differently. She partners with the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group to advance community development philanthropy. She enjoys gardening, hiking and cooking. Deb received a BS and MS in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a PhD in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech.