Debi Ghate

Debi Ghate currently serves as the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Vice President of Strategy and Programs. The Roundtable helps strengthen our free society through philanthropy, supporting donors who support liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility.

Ms. Ghate is a trained lawyer, previously practicing civil litigation in Ontario, Canada before moving to California to join the Ayn Rand Institute. At the Institute, she oversaw the education and policy programs before serving on leadership teams at two Foundations, including the Charles Koch Foundation and the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship.

Ms. Ghate also previously served as Senior Director of Grant Strategy at The Snider Foundation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Biology and French at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Calgary.


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