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Deborah Pickford

Executive Director, Invest

Phone: (703) 706-5378
Deborah joined the association as the Invest Director in 2016. Prior to that role, she served as the Chief Communications Officer for Allstate in the Capital Region for 10 years. She also spent a decade working on education reform issues in Washington, D.C. Pickford began her career serving on the editorial board of USA Today. She resides in Virginia with her husband Ross and two Bengal cats, Kai and Jasmine.

Marco Albergo

Communications Coordinator

Phone: (703) 706-5405
Marco provides communications support for Invest by developing and maintaining all marketing collateral, website content, newsletters, presentations, event promotion, press relations, and all social media efforts. He has a degree in Journalism from New York University and a background in publishing and financial services.

Johanna Holling

Program Coordinator

Phone: (704) 607-3838
Johanna is focused on developing, maintaining and enhancing the Invest Program with high schools, community colleges and other organizations across the U.S., as well as overseeing our Scholarship Program. She has a background in early childhood education, corporate sales and event planning. A graduate of Bradley University.

IIABA staff can connect members of the media with local spokespeople across the nation who can can serve as sources on insurance-related consumer issues. To speak to an Invest source in your local area, contact IIABA’s Media Relations.

Sue Nester, V.P., Communications

Invest is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.  EIN: 13-3315296