Debbie Walsh


Debbie Walsh is the director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics. As director, Walsh manages and oversees CAWP’s multi-faceted programs that include national forums for political women and provide vital information and facilitate creative strategy-building. She also manages leadership and campaign training programs designed to empower women of all ages to participate fully in politics and public life. Finally, she tracks and oversees research focused on women as candidates, public officials and voters.

Ms. Walsh is frequently called upon by the media for information and comment, and she speaks to a variety of audiences around the country on topics related to women’s political participation. She has organized more than a dozen national conferences for women officials, ranging from small meetings focused on issues such as women’s legislative caucuses, women in legislative leadership, and training programs for newly elected women legislators to CAWP’s quadrennial national Forum for Women State Legislators, to which every woman state legislator in the country is invited. In 1984 she served as the Associate Producer of a documentary film “Not One of the Boys,” which aired on the PBS series, Frontline, and had a viewership of six million people.

Ms. Walsh 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.