Deborah McKoy teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on community development, education policy, public policy, educational reform, and urban and metropolitan planning. Her works are centralized on how the youth impacts the urban form.
Prior to teaching at UC Berkeley, she worked as the Consultant at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Chief of Economic Development at the NYC Housing Authority, Director of Refugee Services for CAMBA, a NYC non-profit organization, and Consultant at the United Nation’s Education For All initiative
McKoy was awarded with American Planning Association California Public Outreach Award of Excellence–MTC & ABAG (2019), Bay Area Metro Award (2018), Chancellor's Award for Public Service (2018, 2012, 2005, 2001), WCCUSD (West Contra Costa Unified School District) Partner of the Year Award (2016), Chancellor's Faculty Service-Learning Leadership Award (2009), and Seminar Teacher of the Year, UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning Department Award (2005). The Y-PLAN Initiative, which was created by Mckoy, received the UC Berkeley Chancellor for Excellence in Public Service four times (2018, 2012, 2005, 2001).
McKoy holds a doctorate degree in education policy from UC Berkeley, master’s degree in public policy and administration from Columbia University, and bachelor’s degree from State University of New York, Albany.