Debra Forand

Debra Pittorie Forand Consulting

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2016

About Debra

Debra Pittorie Forand is a results-oriented professional with a strong record of leadership, strategic analysis and creative problem-solving. She provides external affairs consulting to nonprofits and public sector agencies, helping them build capacity, improve internal operations and increase revenue.

Debra works with clients that represent a broad cross-section of issues, geography, size and complexity. Her work focuses on board development, organizational assessment, strategic planning, and relationship-building with key constituencies.

Employing the unique vantage point and combined experience gained from many years as an executive, board member, staff member, donor, foundation representative and elected official, Forand focuses on the particular needs of each client and provides thoughtful analysis and customized solutions to help them identify and reach their goals.

Prior to launching her own consulting practice in 2012, Debra’s career included senior management positions in the nonprofit and government sectors, including Riverfront Recapture, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage Company, Connecticut General Assembly, and several local, state and national political campaigns.

A graduate of Colgate University (BA), University of Connecticut (MPA), and Columbia University Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals, Forand is also a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: West Hartford, Connecticut

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership, Fundraising, Founder transitions, Governance structures, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning, Succession planning

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Advocacy organizations, Associations, Corporate volunteerism programs, Federated organizations, Founder-led organizations, Religiously-affiliated organizations, Small-budget organizations, Social justice organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs