Deborah Carter has recently joined Bexar County as the Director of Economic Development. She is an indefatigable champion of San Antonio’s blossoming tech scene who has spent the last decade helping people “find their pathway to success and find success in their careers.”
As her most recent accolade, she was named one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women in Leadership honorees for 2018. Deborah was instrumental in launching the Open Cloud Academy, which offers boot camp style IT training to help fill talent gaps at Rackspace and other tech companies.
Deborah is a founding member of TechBloc, a local grassroots group that pushes for local policies to attract and retain knowledge workers, where she helped shepherd CAST Tech High School, the city’s first applied science and technology charter, from drawing board to reality.
In 2008, Deborah successfully led a partnership with Alamo Colleges to leverage a $4.7 million grant to implement technical training which included programs such as the MCITP Bootcamp, becoming a Cisco Certified Learning Partner, ITIL and Project Management training and much more.
Her Rackspace human resources peers recognized her with its “Infinity and Beyond” award in 2009, and she was named by the Alamo Region of the Texas Workforce Commission Employer Partner of the Year in 2012. The White House invited Deborah to President Obama's address to the nation on TechHire in 2014, which was also the year she achieved a $6 million grant to support tuition assistance for Open Cloud Academy students, given Bersin by Deloitte’s What Works Award in 2014, and was named San Antonio Business Journal’s Tech Titan for 2015.