Deborah Stevens

Chief Compliance Officer

Deborah Stevens is a leading authority on managing contingent workforces and creating legally defensible work environments. As Chief Compliance Officer at Openforce, she is responsible for overseeing the independent contractor compliance efforts and the Risk Management team. With a proven track record of quality-focused leadership in the transportation industry, she has come full circle in the legal arena, from serving as a paralegal in the U.S. Air Force managing contract law efforts to spending the last 15 years dedicated to 1099 workforce compliance and defense.

Most recently, Stevens was the Vice President of Quality Assurance for OnTrac Logistics. Her primary responsibility was managing and defending all aspects of the independent contractor model program. She created and implemented all of the tools, training, and resources necessary to ensure the company and its employees ran the contractor program in a legally defensible manner.

Additionally, Deborah developed the contracting process from inception with the help of outside counsel to implementation of the onboarding process with IC business partners, as well as the monitoring of contractor compliance. In her role, she represented the company in hundreds of depositions, misclassification hearings, settlement conferences, lawsuits and small claims hearings as a company representative and witness.

With over 20 years’ experience in developing and presenting training materials on various risk mitigation topics, Stevens provides Openforce and its partners with improved knowledge on contractor compliance efforts and ensures all stakeholders are up to date on the ever-changing contractor legal environment.