WISE Accelerator


Ms Deborah Quazzo

Position: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
Country: United States of America

Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration, a venture capital fund investing in great entrepreneurs and their companies. The GSV Acceleration portfolio comprises 26 companies such as ClassDojo and Coursera.

Deborah is an active angel investor with over 21 holdings outside of the fund. She is the co-founder of the ASU GSV Summit. The annual event, in its ninth year, gathers over 3,500 participants to celebrate the learning and talent landscape of innovation and innovators across the global, ‘preK to gray’. Previously Deborah founded GSV Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on education and human capital technology companies.

She also co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology focused investment bank, and served previously in management leadership positions at Merrill Lynch & Co. She began her career at J.P Morgan.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of Degreed, Lightneer, Remind, and Web.com and is a board observer at ClassDojo, CreativeLive, GuideOn, and Raise.me. She is also a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, Harvey Mudd College, KIPP: Chicago, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, and the Honorary Board of Marwen.

Deborah is a member of the steering committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations. Deborah received the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education ‘Champion’ Award from LEAP Innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group.

Deborah holds a BA in history from Princeton University (cum laude), and an MBA from Harvard University.