Deborah L. Hayes
Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Deborah L. Hayes joined the Bank in January 2016 as senior vice president, overseeing the Community Development and Regional Outreach, Digital Strategy, and Public Affairs departments. In addition, she directs the Bank’s outreach efforts to legislative, business, banking, and community groups and manages the Bank’s Economic and Community Advisory Council.
Previously, Hayes was the vice president of communications and public affairs for the University of Delaware from 2013 to 2016 and was the managing director of communications for The Pew Charitable Trusts from 2002 to 2011. She was also a founding partner and president of media strategies for the New York-based firm Westhill Partners from 1999 to 2002 and led all communications efforts for Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Productions in Chicago from 1994 to 1999. Before that, she held a senior position at MTV Networks in New York City and developed the company’s internal and external communications. She has also provided communications counsel on Capitol Hill and was press secretary for Congressman Richard Gephardt.
Hayes is a former board member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, where she chaired its Development and Communications Committee. She was also selected to serve as a regional judge for the White House Fellows Program in 2011. Hayes has a B.A. in English literature from Tennessee State University.