Deborah Wadsworth "was named President of Public Agenda in 1999. She had served as Executive Director since 1986.
"Previously, Ms. Wadsworth was Executive Director of the Smart Family Foundation and Program Officer of the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation. As Director of Admissions at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase from 1974 to 1979, Ms. Wadsworth developed a national student body for both its College of Letters and Science and its Professional School of the Arts.
"A graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Wadsworth holds a graduate degree in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.“ 
- Advisory Board, Common Good
- ”Biography”, Accessed January 2007.