Deborah Jaffe Joins Loggerhead Marinelife Center as Director of Development


Deborah Jaffe is Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s new Director of Development. Photo by Bill Barbosa.

After 25 years of living, working, and volunteering in the Palm Beach area, Deborah Jaffe has joined Loggerhead Marinelife Center as Director of Development. The career move marks the first time Jaffe has been employed by a non-profit organization, but her resume showcases a longstanding commitment to building community through volunteer leadership of several charitable causes. She has developed extensive experience in fundraising, leadership, and community relations, all primary responsibilities of her new position.

Deborah Jaffe and her husband Marc co-chaired the 2011 North Palm Beach Heart Ball benefitting the American Heart Association, which she has volunteered for since 1993. She co-chaired and chaired the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2007 and 2008, raising $1.55 million for the organization as chair. She also served on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Board of Directors from 2000-2008. In 2009, she chaired Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night. She has also held volunteer leadership positions with the American Cancer Society, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Royal Palm Beach Elementary School, and The Arthritis Foundation.

Jaffe’s professional experience has dually provided her with a strong foundation. As Director of Alumni Relations at Palm Beach Atlantic University, she managed almost 12,000 Alumni with job duties including event management and fundraising. As a partner and owner of event planning company A Passion For Parties, she designed and managed events anywhere from two people to over 800 people. Loggerhead Marinelife Center President & C.O.O. David McClymont said, “We are excited to have someone as dynamic as Deborah join the center’s team. Her community involvement and proven development skills perfectly compliment the organization.”

Jaffe was Susan G. Komen South Florida Race Volunteer of the Year in 2009, and was also recognized nationally as Susan G. Komen’s Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She was nationally nominated for Susan G. Komen’s Jill Ireland Volunteerism and Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer national awards. In 2006, she was a March of Dimes Woman of Distinction Honoree. She has been nominated for the Wachovia Volunteer of the Year two times, and was Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Member of the Year from 2002-2003.

Jaffe received her Bachelor of Science in 1989 and her Masters of Business Administration in 1992 from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  She is married to Marc Jaffe and has three children, Lauren, 7, and 5 year old twins Matthew and Alexa. To contact Deborah Jaffe and learn about how you can help Loggerhead Marinelife Center, e-mail or call 561.627.8280 extension 115.