Deborah Seiler
Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center Coordinator

Taft House MC-709
1401 S Maryland Dr
Urbana, IL 61801
United States


Deborah Seiler is leading the design and launch of a new Extension & Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) to strengthen the University of Illinois’ positive impact on the state. EPECC will be a portal for faculty and staff system-wide to connect with the Illinois Extension network for applied research, public engagement, and broader impact.

Deborah serves on the Illinois Extension Leadership Team and UIUC Faculty Senate Committee on Public Engagement. She is a passionate advocate for incorporating evidence-based outreach and engagement strategies into public programs, to better help participants achieve their goals for healthy families, clean environments, and strong communities.

Previous Experience

Deborah has provided statewide communications leadership to university extension programs for nine years. Initially joining Wisconsin Extension as a specialist in environmental behavior change campaigns, she coordinated social marketing research and outreach for the Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership (2011-2014). Deborah has also served as the Communications Director of California Sea Grant (2014-2017) and Chief Communications Officer of Illinois Extension (2017-2018). She is a proud AmeriCorps alum.


  • M.S. in Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management, University of California-Davis