Chief Executive Officer
Debbie Weir joined the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2002. A mom of two boys, Weir leads MADD’s efforts to provide support services to drunk and drugged driving victims, building MADD’s capacity with a focus on saving lives.
Prior to joining MADD, Weir worked for fifteen years in the nonprofit hospice field, and began her hospice career as a medical social worker specializing in grief counseling. In 1995, Weir developed St. Paul Hospice, a nonprofit hospice program, in Dallas, and was the Director of St. Paul Hospice from 1995 to 2002. During her tenure at St. Paul Hospice, Weir developed an expansive pediatric hospice program serving terminally ill children and their families in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Weir joined MADD's National Office as Vice President of Victim Services, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Victim Services department, which provides support and guidance to the field and to drunk driving victims. Under Weir’s leadership, MADD served 60,000 victims and survivors in 2010 – serving one victim every nine minutes. Weir also created and launched the 1-877-MADD-HELP victim support line, where specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer calls and provide emotional support.
In December 2005, Weir was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for MADD. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the areas of field operations, fundraising, volunteer and program development, as well as victim advocacy. Weir thoroughly believes that the victims MADD supports are the heart and soul of the organization. All efforts are focused on saving lives and serving victims.
Weir holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia, and a master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.