Deborah Q. Belfatto is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A 13 year breast cancer survivor, Deb founded the Komen North Jersey Affiliate in 1997 on the promise to "make a difference" to a ten year old daughter who lost her mother to breast cancer. Under her leadership and guidance, the Affiliate has grown from a small organization operating from the basement of her home to an office in Summit, NJ with a staff of nine and hundreds of volunteers.
Since its inception, The Komen North Jersey Affiliate has awarded in excess of $2.1 million to community-based organizations in its nine county Northern New Jersey service area. The Affiliate's grant program focuses on initiatives that provide education, screening and outreach to the underserved and underinsured populations. In addition, The Komen North Jersey Affiliate has directed over $900,000 to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer International Research Grant Program.
Prior to establishing the Komen North Jersey Affiliate, Deb worked in the retail clothing industry, serving in various managerial and buying positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, Honeybee and Lord & Taylor in New York City. For nine years, Deb owned and managed Kidamarink, a children's clothing store in Millburn, New Jersey.
In June of 2000, Deb received Shape Magazine's Circle of Life Award for her dedication to the fight against breast cancer as a life threatening disease. She has served on the committees of various charitable events and has chaired the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation/ North Jersey Chapter's Fall Fashion Show, and Oak Knoll School's (Summit, NJ) major fundraiser-The Grand Prix. She has also been actively involved in the Alumni Association of Marylawn of the Oranges Academy. Deb attended Cabrini College. She is the mother of sixteen-year-old Lindsay, a student at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, NJ and wife of Joseph Belfatto, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch.