Deborah Lawrence began her financial career in London working in investment banking. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked as a financial consultant for several major Wall Street firms, including Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. Ms. Lawrence then struck out on an entrepreneurial venture in 2003 with the founding of Deborah’s Farmstead, an artisanal cheese-making operation, and quickly established the company as one of the premier artisanal dairies and cheese makers in the U.S., the cheese having won several major national awards.
Deborah Lawrence was appointed as a primary member to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), an advisory committee within the U.S. Department of Interior, in 2013 for a three year term. In May 2013, she was invited to testify before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She has twice participated in a working group at EIA, the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. She also served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2008-2011.
She is a Member of the Board of Earthworks and also the founder of Energy Policy Forum, a consultancy group specializing in energy economics.
In addition, Deborah lectures globally at Universities, business venues and public fora and has appeared on MSNBC, al-Jazeera, Chinese, Russian and Italian TV. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Village Voice, PBS’s Need to Know, London’s Guardian, Tokyo’s Sankei and Mexico City’s Indigo.