Deborah Quazzo

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    Deborah is a 25-year investment banker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a merchant bank providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors, as well as making select investments on an individual basis in private companies including Altius, FiftyOne, Inc., HotChalk, Dreambox Learning, and Alltuition GSV clients have included Collaborative Learning, Praml, Teachscape, rSmart and ePals (TSXV:SLN). Prior to GSV Advisors, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners in 2001, which grew to a 180-person investment bank with 5 offices in the U.S. While at ThinkEquity, Deborah was President and Head of Investment Banking. ThinkEquity was acquired in March 2007 by London-based Panmure Gordon (AIM: PMR) where Deborah was a Board member. She has been a longtime growth investment banker and now focuses primarily on education and business services. Prior to ThinkEquity, Deborah was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co., where she worked from 1987-2001 and started the Global Growth Group. She previously worked at J.P. Morgan.

    Presently, Deborah serves on the Board of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW), an internet services company serving small- to medium-sized businesses globally. She is also a member of the Boards of Steppenwolf Theater Company; Teach for America Chicago; New Schools for Chicago Fund; Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved youth; NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Chicago; and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Chicago. GSV Advisors also has a partnership with Arizona State University and the firm co-hosts an annual Education Innovation Summit at ASU Skysong. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.