Deborah Alden

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Deborah Alden is the Managing Director of Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), where she leads the mentorship program, guiding resident entrepreneurs towards responsible growth, and oversees operations. With more than 15 years of experience as a designer, strategist, educator and intrapreneur, her work has ranged from innovation and brand consulting for Fortune 100 companies to launching new models and initiatives around design and entrepreneurship. She is a frequent media advisor for the Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation’s Stories of Change initiative and has taught human-centered design and research at IIT’s Institute of Design, CEDIM in México, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she was the Inaugural Chair for the BFA in Visual Communication.