Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier decision that allowed school administrators to censor student newspapers, Donna conceived and launched L.A. Youth, the newspaper by and about teens. She planned and oversaw its growth into the most prominent youth publication in the country, with award-winning issues that serve a readership of 500,000 teens and adults. In 2003 Donna launched the Foster Youth Writing and Education Project to recruit and train youth to share their compelling personal stories with L.A. Youth readers.
Early in her career she was the editorial assistant to noted author Budd Schulberg at the Watts Writers Workshop.
Donna uses communication skills to serve as the voice for youth issues and often speaks at forums for educators, policy makers and community organizations. She is a Commissioner on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, volunteers as a Big Sister and is an avid hiker in the desert.
“JAWS encouraged me to continue my passion as a youth advocate using media as the platform.”
Term expires Oct. 11, 2015.