Debra Roepke Appointed Executive Director of Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Debra Roepke Appointed Executive Director of Alexandria Seaport Foundation

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation Board of Directors has Debra Roepke as Executive Director. A distinguished nonprofit leader and recognized expert in volunteer engagement and management, Roepke will spearhead a transformative journey for the Foundation, leading initiatives to expand the Foundation’s capacity, enhancing the skills-based Apprentice Program, and aligning efforts with the evolving needs and aspirations of the young adults the foundation serves.

Roepke is known for her role as the founder and longtime leader of Computer CORE, an Alexandria-based nonprofit dedicated to helping underserved adults achieve career goals through foundational computer and professional skills. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership in building and nurturing effective organizations. Having successfully transitioned Computer CORE into a community asset, Roepke's influence extends beyond the local level.

Her national-level contributions include a pivotal role in a collaborative partnership between the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Department of Energy. Working on a groundbreaking project, Roepke collaborated with nonprofit utilities across the country to drive the expansion of solar energy projects. 

Most recently, Roepke served as Seaport’s interim executive director from March 2023 until her appointment.

“We are thrilled that Deb will lead the Seaport Foundation for the long term,” said Board Chair Helen Morris. “Deb has led transformational work to strengthen our mission as our interim and our work every day to advance our Apprentices.”

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds skills, self-worth, and community for young adults ages 18-23, who need direction and support. The Seaport curriculum includes carpentry, on-the-water, and boat-building instruction along with training for life and workplace skills.