About Deb

Deb Dawson portrait

Deb Dawson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, businesswoman, teacher, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She holds a B.S. Ed. in Education and English, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her role as mother to biological, step, and internationally adopted children led her to write When Love is Not Enough, a memoir about the way mothers and daughters forge relationships in the face of tremendous obstacles.

In 2007, Deb traveled to Africa with a Lost Boy of Sudan and made a documentary about his desire to help orphans in the village he escaped 20 years earlier. Now, as president of the nonprofit she founded, she spends nearly three months a year working with the staff and students at the ASAH School for Orphaned Girls in Duk Payuel, Jonglei State, Republic of South Sudan.