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Alumni of Distinction
Deborah M. Hamlin '86

Deborah Hamlin is chief executive officer of the Irrigation Association and executive director of the Irrigation Foundation. She has over 25 years of experience in working with professional and trade organizations.

At the Irrigation Association, Deborah was instrumental in shifting the organization’s focus to “promoting efficient irrigation.” Under her guidance, the association focuses on education and advocacy – ensuring competent professionals are designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems and sharing the economic and environmental benefits of both agricultural and residential/commercial irrigation.

Prior to IA, Deborah served as executive director of the International Association of Plastics Distributors for 10 years. She has also held positions with the New York State Nurses’ Association and her father’s association management company in Albany, New York.

Deborah graduated from the New York State College at Oneonta and received her MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. Deborah is a certified association executive through the American Society of Association Executives, and was named an ASAE fellow in 2000. She is a recipient of the KCSAE Distinguished Association Executive Award. Deborah recently served on the board of the National Association of Wholesalers’ Institute for Distribution Excellence and as a member of the ASAE Certified Association Executive Professional Conduct Committee.

Deborah and her husband reside in Falls Church, Virginia.

 


Sunday, November 05, 2017