Donna brings over 30 years experience in nonprofits and management to the Executive Director position. She has deep Alexandria and Arlington roots and long-standing Fairfax County residency, coupled with a love of building connections and networking with volunteers, staff, board members, students, alumni, sponsors and donors. She provides leadership to the organization and works to strategically position CORE for future growth while ensuring that CORE clients receive the highest quality of services through effective and efficient program management. She is eager to increase enrollment, honor and increase volunteer participation, and expand business partnerships.
Previously, she served concurrent roles as Programs Coordinator with the Goodwin House Foundation, Executive Director, Agenda:Alexandria, and Program Manager, First Night Alexandria. Prior to that, Donna was Deputy Director of Senior Services of Alexandria and Acting Executive Director of Volunteer Alexandria.
Early in her career, Donna ran an after-school work experience and community service program in West Philadelphia, worked on School-to-Work at the U.S. Department of Labor, and wrote about effective workforce program evaluations at the American Youth Policy Forum. Donna is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, and earned both her BA in Urban Studies and Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Donna follows Computer CORE founder Deb Roepke and Lynn O’Connell who each served as Executive Director for ten years.