Debbie Stapleton graduated from the American University in Washington, DC, majoring in communications with a minor in international relations.
After college, Mrs. Stapleton worked for the MITRE Corporation (MIT Research & Engineering) setting up a library focused on environmental issues and moved over to the Environmental Protection Agency working on water quality and auto emission standards. After marrying, she went on to work as Executive Director for a small nonprofit organization, Secondary School Chairmen, a consortium of Chairmen of the Boards of Independent Schools in the Northeast.
In addition to her work on behalf of numerous political candidates, she introduced a program entitled KIDS VOTING. This was a 16-hour curriculum, requiring the support of Connecticut school districts, and taught the rights and responsibilities of voting.
Mrs. Stapleton joined her husband in serving a diplomatic post to the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2003. She considers this to be the ultimate volunteer job, from which she gained tremendous respect and affection for the Czech people. She focused her efforts on fundraising for Czech non‐profits that benefited children, the handicapped, and the elderly.
Mrs. Stapleton and her husband served a second post in France from 2005 to 2009. There she forged close friendships, raised funds, and developed program ideas for many American groups including the American Cathedral, the American Library, the American Hospital, and the American Museum in Giverny. In 2009, she authored a book, Elegant Entertaining: Seasonal Recipes from the American Ambassador’s Residence.
Debbie formally served on the Prague Security Studies Institute for ten years and the Carlisle Charitable Foundation, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Mona Bismark American Center for Art and Culture in Paris, and the Norton Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.