Debbie McDowell-Tate

Debbie McDowell-Tate
Senior Director of Membership, Program and Volunteer Services
Office: Birmingham
Phone: 800-734-4541 x1034
Alt Phone: 205-453-9520
Fax: 205-980-4753


A lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Debbie is celebrating 33 years in the Girl Scout Movement, the last 23 of which have been as a professional staff member in five councils across the southeast in positions ranging from Field Executive to CEO. She is thrilled to return home to serve the girls and volunteers in North-Central Alabama. Growing up on Sand Mountain, she has deep ties to all the communities we serve and knows personally the importance of Girl Scouting in the lives of girls and the difference volunteers can make for the girls. Many of you may know her Girl Scout leader Sandra Harris. She is the person responsible for Debbie being with us today as she made the call in 1991 asking Debbie to apply for an open membership position in Birmingham “until she found her real job.” Twenty-three years later, she still hasn’t found her “real job,” and is dedicated to “paying forward” the life-changing experience of Girl Scouts.

Fortunate to be able to have one of her avocations, Girl Scouts, be her vocation, Debbie does occasionally enjoy time away from Girl Scouts to travel, attend concerts, kayak , spend time on the water or in the sun, pursue better photography skills and cheer on the ACC National Champions in football, the Alabama Crimson Tide (her alma mater). She drags her husband, Lee, along for the ride and her three dog daughters go along willing with their heads in the wind. The non-furry children are 28 and 24 and she failed them as they either root for Georgia or don’t follow football.