Donnalee Donaldson
Policy and Partnerships Strategist, Educate!
Donnalee Donaldson

Donnalee is an educator and lawyer from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Since 2007, she has been involved in creating educational ventures in the USA, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. She is passionate about expanding access to quality education, particularly because academic scholarships enabled her to have access to an education that would otherwise have been unattainable. She joined Educate! in order to pursue her interest in working on systemic change in the education sector, and is thrilled that Educate! has partnered with the Rwanda Education Board to support the country's secondary school curriculum reform.

Before joining Educate!, she was on the founding team of Kepler, where she helped launch two university campuses in three years, including Rwanda's first in a refugee camp. Teaching at the university level allowed her to have insight on some of the improvements that need to be made at the secondary level to better prepare students to enter the workforce or become entrepreneurs. Donnalee was previously a litigation attorney for the City of New York's Law Department and remains a member of the New York State Bar. She holds a B.A. from Seton Hall University and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law. Additionally, she was one of Ashoka's inaugural Changemaker Scholars in 2016.