Debra is a partner with XPV Water Partners, the largest water-focused growth equity fund in North America. Previously, she was a principal of Svanda & Coy Consulting, providing strategic capital markets advisory services for water sector investors, corporations, and municipal utilities. She also previously served as a non-executive director for Headworks International, a wastewater treatment technology firm.
Debra was an equity research analyst for more than 20 years, focusing on the global water sector. She led coverage of the water sector as a managing director of the capital markets group at Janney Montgomery Scott. She also held senior equity research positions at the Stanford Washington Research Group, Schwab Capital Markets, HSBC Securities, and National Westminster Bank.
Debra twice received Financial Times/Starmine's Best Brokerage Analyst award and has been named Forbes Best Brokerage Analyst for her coverage of water utilities. She has appeared on CNBC and is a regular columnist on water finance and policy matters for Global Water Intelligence. She has testified on Capitol Hill on water infrastructure financing, and previously served as co-chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Global Water Strategies Council. Debra has also participated in national dialogues on water policy hosted by leading think tanks, including the Aspen Institute. She received an M.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.