Debra Coyle

Regional Network: 
Eastern Regional Network
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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