Debra Fine has been CEO of both private and public companies in the educational online media, technology, e-commerce and consumer products sectors. She has created the marketing strategy for some of the world’s best-known brands such as Disney Interactive, Kraft, Quaker and several Entertainment Companies.
Currently Fine has returned to Fineline Services, that she co-founded with Tech Entrepreneur, Russell Fine. She is working with e-commerce clients, an online news network and raising funding for women’s startups.
Debra Fine was previously the CEO and Executive Director of “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles. IHADLA has been sponsoring students, throughout Los Angeles since 1987. The Foundation sponsors an entire grade at an inner-city, Title 1 elementary school, providing after-school and summer programs, academic and cultural enrichment, counseling services, mentors, and tutors. Upon high school graduation, IHADLA provides each Dreamer a scholarship for college or career training.
Debra Fine is on the Executive Committee of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and has been a member since 2004 when she took her toy company, Small World Kids public.
Debra Fine has served on both public and private company boards as Audit Chair, Compensation Chair and serves on the board of The Maple Counseling Center. TMCC which provides low-cost mental health care to those in need in Los Angeles.
She is a Member of Young President’s Organization and is a moderator for WIN (Women’s International Network); Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg’s women on boards movement) Director; Education Chair for Disadvantaged Kids and Regional Chair for the Musicians Network.
Debra was awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the Children’s Educational products space. She was also named one of the top 50 most influential women in entertainment for her for her role as CEO of Cloud9 Interactive, as one of the few women in technology. Fine has had over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, capital raising, marketing, operations and business development/strategic alliances
On June7, 2013, Debra Fine survived a mass shooting in Santa Monica, California. She is a nominee for the Carnegie Medal of Honor for saving the lives of others by putting herself between the shooter and two community members. Debra was shot four times.
Ms. Fine founded the Fineline Foundation to promote community safety, advocate for proactive mental health treatment and help victims of violent crimes. She speaks at Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, Colleges, Empowerment Seminars and Conferences. Debra Fine has appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, HuffPostLive, Business Rock Stars and other TV outlets. She has been featured and quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Santa Monica Mirror and other leading publications. She was recently a featured speaker at Digital Hollywood, as well as the Movie Picture and Television Fund conference for women.