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Professor Emerita of Sustainable Business


Dr. Deborah Steketee joined the Sustainable Business Program in the fall of 2005, bringing an interest and expertise related to innovation, strategy and the social dimensions of sustainability.

From 2006-2013, Dr. Steketee served as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability.

Dr. Steketee completed her doctoral work in public policy and political science in 2006 at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research focused on cross-scale linkages between ecological and social systems, specifically examining the role of environmental organizations in community forestry initiatives in Ecuador. She earned her Master of Science degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Steketee's work in the private and non-profit sectors has included consulting engagements as well as positions as an environmental advocate and educator, television producer, and magazine editor. Strongly committed to community service, Dr. Steketee continues to be actively engaged in various community and sustainability-related activities and initiatives.

Along with her husband, Fred, and daughter, Dr. Steketee enjoys life on Michigan's waters.



  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.S., Michigan State University
  • B.A., University of Michigan