Co-founder, Common Agency
Deborah Tien works at the intersection of regenerative networks, participatory design and technology for impact. She is currently working as co-founder of Common Agency, a start-up strengthening the social fabric of USA cities by building a program to support intergenerational “block stewards.”
Previously, she spent five years building ecosystems for inclusive innovation in Africa at Twende, a Tanzanian design hub for local-scale innovation, first as Director of Development, then as its first Executive Director.
Deborah holds a Masters of Management Science (Public Policy) from Tsinghua University, China, where she studied as a Schwarzman Scholar, and a BA from Wellesley College, USA, where she majored in astrophysics.