Fineline Foundation was formed by Debra Fine and her husband, Russell Fine, in early 2013. After surviving several gunshot wounds in the Santa Monica College mass shooting on June 7, 2013, Debra wanted to give back to the community and provide resources for others who had been victims of violent crimes.
Debra had a great deal of support from family members, friends and other men and women who had lost loved ones in similar incidents or been victims themselves. She realized that without the support she received, both emotionally and financially, she would not have been able to grow out of the “Victim Cycle” that had resulted from that trauma, as other traumas that had occurred in earlier years.
Debra has been working with young women on surviving and thriving through trauma since 2006. She has been on many non-profit boards and was the CEO of Project-Access, a non-profit organization that supplied food, jobs and children’s education to those in low -income housing.
Debra has been the CEO of children’s educational media companies and an executive at The Walt Disney Company and Small World Toys. She is an angel investor, was a venture capital director for Entertainment Media Ventures and is now very active in mentoring women through the “Lean In” movement with Young President’s Organization and “WIN,” Women in YPO (CEO’s of top companies worldwide).
Her business background, combined with her personal non-profit work, has made her an empowered individual who has chosen to use this background to help communities become safer, mental health resources to become more available and to author, speak and report on issues that affect our physical and mental health.