debra coyle

ERN (2019)

Executive Director

Nj Work Environment Council

Trenton, New Jersey

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

NEW JERSEY WORK ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL, Trenton, NJ                                                                                        1997 to Present

Executive Director (Nov 2018 – Present)
Acting Director (May 2015 – November 2015 and May 2018 – November 2018)
Assistant Program Director (2008 to May 2015 and December 2016 – April 2018)
Financial Coordinator / Assistant to the Director (2003 to 2008)
Office Manager / Administrative Assistant (1997 to 2003)

Facilitate strategic and financial planning for program development of a highly visible company with 80 organizational members. Responsible for securing funds, volunteer management, Board engagement, program implementation, strategic planning, resource allocation, marketing, communications, human resources, etc. Manage an $800,000+ budget. Directly interacts with Board. Fast-track promotions over 20 year-period with increased responsibility and leadership.  

Fundraising/ Special Events / Member Recruitment

Secured more than $1 million in foundation and $1.5 million in federal grants since 2008;
Instituted major donor program that secures $40,000 annually
Developed and executed membership recruitment  and retention plans that increased membership by 20%.
Led all logistics for special events — receptions, conferences, — with up to 150 attendees: site selection,  promotional materials, and speakers

Management / Budget / Employee Relations

Responsible for supervising staff and volunteers and enforcement of collective bargaining agreement
Managed operational budget and decreased costs by reducing expenses by 20% and increasing income by 10%
Ensures organization compliance with employer laws, legal codes, and EEO practices
Administer federal, state and foundation grants and submit required program and financial reports
Initiated Board finance and investment committee that formalized processes, fostered more effective financial policies, and facilitated fiscal analysis and planning
Led management team that negotiated collective bargaining agreement
Manage and execute vendor contracts

Communications / Public Speaking /Training

Authored research reports, press releases, opinion-editorials, technical proposals and solicitations
Authored and edited monthly newsletter articles since November 2015
Experience in public speaking to local/national audiences, elected  officials, and member organizations
Led training sessions for employers and workers on topics such as identifying safety system failures, OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard, and preventing chemical exposures in the workplace
Worked with partners on state and federal chemical policy reform  and right to know issues
Responsible for life cycle of campaign planning including research, inception, execution, and funding that led to expanding into new program areas
Lead organizer on Preventing Chemical Disasters and Right to Know campaign and worked with partners on state and federal chemical policy reform 

Professional and Education

Education: West Virginia University, WV • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science

Board positions:  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Treasurer (2004 - 2006),  Vice President (2014-2016), Treasurer (2018 – present); Philadelphia area Coalition of Labor Union Women (2007)
Volunteer : Walnut Hill Community Association, Barrington Green Team, Save Saddler’s Woods

Professional Development:  Train the Trainer, Public Speaking, Budgeting, Fundraising, Human Resources, Risk Assessment, OSHA 10


Who Tracks the Railroads? The Case for Transparency on Rail Bridges, New Jersey Work Environment Council, December 2017
Access Denied; New Jersey Communities Remain in the Dark about Chemical Disasters, New Jersey Work Environment Council, December 2016
Danger in the Dark; How Governor Christie Helps Oil Companies Cover Up Potential Catastrophes, December 2014
Failure to Act; New Jersey Communities are Still at Risk from Toxic Chemical Disasters, New Jersey Work Environment Council, October 2013