Debbie Driesman has lived in the Washington, DC area for the past three decades, having grown up in Ontario, Canada.
She worked as a computer engineer in NASA's communication division at Goddard Space Flight Center until she retired in 1999 to oversee the construction of a home. She and her husband, Frank Islam, have since built another new home in Potomac, MD. Driesman has been involved in the Potomac Area Neighbors Club since 2002, and she is the Vice President of the Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman Foundation.
Driesman serves on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Board of the S&R Foundation, Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theater Company, Board of Arena Stage, Board of Directors of Washington Performing Arts, Board of the Montgomery County Police Foundation, and Board of Montgomery Community Media. She and her husband are members of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, the Abraham Lincoln National Council at Ford’s Theater, and the Wilson Center National Cabinet.