Staff Profile

Debra Chapman


Grants & Contracts Manager

Debra Chapman joined CLBL as the Grants & Contracts Manager in July 2022. She comes to us after a long career as Finance Director in the for profit sector. Now, Debra is passionate to use her expertise to serve and foster wellbeing in her communities. She is the co-founder of Death Transitions (an End of Life education and services collective), Volunteer Coordinator at YoloCares, and volunteer Death Doula for Joshua’s House Hospice for the Unhoused (set to open in Sacramento, January 2023).

A life-long resident of the West Coast, Debra was raised in Portland, OR where at an early age she was taught the skills of foraging for mushrooms deep in the forests, the cycles of the seasons, and later spent time as a deckhand on her stepfather’s Commercial Salmon Troller. These experiences, along with her education in Urban Herbalism and success in using Naturopathy to heal, seeded her life-long passion for wholesome foods, environmental justice, rights of nature, and honoring her ancestors by supporting the rights of California Indigenous Peoples.

Debra stewards over 100 acres of land in the foothills of Nisenan Territory where she is learning sustainable practices to grow food and medicines in an off-grid environment, and in symbiosis with the Forests. She enjoys building healthy soil with compost, using solar powered drip-irrigation methods, applying T.E.K, and genuinely being a student of nature.

Joining CLBL is the realization of an intention manifested three years ago when she and her partner moved to West Sacramento. And, while her skills are in Financial Administration, she will be eagerly shadowing the esteemed farmers, researchers, staff & students, and all who make CLBL the innovative institution it is.