Technology Executive, Founder & Advisor
Portola Valley, CA

Debbie Siegel works as Project Lead at the Stanford Social Media Lab in the Cyber Policy Center to bring evidence-based research into practical strategies to be used by the people and organizations who will most benefit from the findings. She is working on projects to scale interventions in digital media literacy for older adults and in addressing social media’s impact on adolescents’ wellness. She joined the Social Media Lab after completing a fellowship in 2023 at the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) focused on social sciences, design, policy and social impact.

Debbie’s work has been in emerging technologies and their impact on humans. Her functional expertise has been across the value chain to surrounding ecosystems. In her work, her volunteering, and her personal life, she designs strategies for positive change.

Her career as a technology executive was consistently at the intersection of the technical innovations of the day and the benefits to organizations and people. From startups to global organizations developing system solutions (hardware, software, networks, services) for business and industrial markets, she worked across a broad range of functions. Prior to the Stanford DCI program, her most recent role was as Director of Business Development and Operations for North America with TTTech, a leading Austrian-based company providing safe networked computing platforms for a more connected, automated, and sustainable world. Her interests and expertise in scaling, market development and partnerships are what brought her to the complex challenge of bridging research and real-world implementation.

In 2015, she founded an organization to support professional women through their life transitions through community and design tools and frameworks. She continues to coach, mentor, and advise students, founders, and professionals.

Debbie holds a Masters in Linguistics from Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France and an MBA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is a native Canadian and speaks French fluently. She lives in Portola Valley with her husband in their newly empty nest. They travel together whenever they can and frequently make visits to see their three children.