Debera Johnson, is Pratt’s Academic Director of Sustainability and has been working across the institute to implement Pratt’s strategic commitment to link the greening of its campus with greening of its academic programs. Deb is leading the vision for Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research (CSDS) - an open source regional resource center for educators and designers. . Deb was the chair of the Industrial Design Program at Pratt from 1998 to 2005 and serve as chair of the NYC chapter of the IDSA, the education director for IDSA Northeast region and strategic director for education for the "Designers Accord”. Recently she founded PALS (Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability) an international group of educators envisioning the future of art and design education.
The incubator, started in 2002, supports Pratt’s entrepreneurial alumni in starting design based sustainable/social enterprises and has helped launch over 12 businesses. The Incubator also takes on numerous for profit and non-profit projects, connecting Pratt’s extensive network of faculty, alumni and students to work on world changing projects. Deb was the chair of the NYC chapter of the IDSA and is the strategic director for education for the "Designers Accord”. Recently she established the "Sustainability Cohort” an inter-institute group of educators envisioning the future of design education.
collaboration, education, design, social and environmental entrepreneurship, radical change.