Profile: Debra Borie-Holtz

Senior Research Analyst

Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is on the faculty at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Borie-Holtz received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006.  

Her academic research interests include policy formation, implementation and politics, legislative leadership and governing in the states, regulations and rulemaking processes, women in government and gendered leadership, as well as methods. 

Prior to returning to graduate school in 2005, Dr. Borie-Holtz worked in federal and state government. She held a Presidential appointment as an agency director during the Clinton Administration and also served as New Jersey Assistant Secretary of State during the Florio Administration. 

In addition to her executive service, Dr. Borie-Holtz served as the chief of staff to the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader and chairman of the New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment Committee for more than a decade. 

Her executive and legislative areas of specialization included energy, agriculture and conservation as well as environmental policies, educational finance, labor/management relations, and campaign finance and ethics reform.