Debra Duneier, President and Founder
Debra Duneier, the President and Founder of EcoChi, LLC, is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, an accredited LEED® Green Associate, a Certified Eco-Designer and a Graduate Gemologist. Ms. Duneier is the creator of the EcoChi® system of design and the award-winning author of “EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.” Her training, background and perspective have made her a valued resource for media outlets including: Martha Stewart Radio, Brokers Weekly, Social Life Magazine, Barons.com, HealthyLife.net Radio, Better Homes and Gardens TV, CNBC, MSNBC, CBS and the Associated Press, who have sought her expertise on subjects such as: Interior Design, Feng Shui, Gemology, Real Estate, Green Design and Sustainability.
Debra and the EcoChi design system have also been featured in the Green Issue of Enterprising Women's Magazine, Fast Company, GreenCityChallenge.org, Sierra Club, New York Magazine, Green Lodging News, Boutique Design New York, The Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. Debra appeared as the Feng Shui expert on the television show Natural Reboot, on the Z Living Network.
Debra served for two years as a Board Director for the Women's Builders Council, and was also a Board Director for the Sarut Group. She has also held memberships with the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Building Worldwide, the Green Construction and Design Committee of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the International Feng Shui Guild, AIA New York and is a founding member of both the Belizean Grove and the LEXCI Group of the Women's Leadership Exchange. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Corcoran Real Estate Group, and was its first elected secretary. Debra accepted an invitation from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to join her working group for Healthy Children. She was honored as one of the Top Women in Real Estate by Sokol Media/Green Matters Magazine and was awarded WBC’s Outstanding Women’s Award for being a “Thought Leader in Sustainable Design and People Friendly Environments” in New York City. Debra is a member of the Global Initiative for Sustainability for the Global Wellness Institute.
A highly successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, Debra has built and run several design companies including Debra Hope Creations, the exclusive supplier of unique gift items to the United States Armed Forces. Earlier in her career, she became one of the first women in the United States to earn the title of Certified Gemologist from the American Gem Society.
More than two decades ago, a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Hong Kong said to Debra;
“You have a gift. Do not waste it.” This was the beginning of her spiritual design journey. Her life’s work, bringing beautiful, supportive environments to as many people as possible, had begun.
Debra lives in New York City and has two children, her son, Jamie and daughter, Danielle. She finds grounding in nature at her home on the North Fork of Long Island where she enjoys spending time with family and friends.