Senior Leadership Fellow
As a senior leadership fellow, Donna Stark devotes her time to many of the same issues she advanced in leadership roles at the foundation for more than 20 years. That work involves promoting innovative, results-driven strategies to cultivate leadership in individuals, communities and systems to improve the life chances of vulnerable kids and families.
Before shifting to this role in January 2016, Stark served as Casey’s vice president for Talent and Leadership Development. In this post, she expanded the Foundation’s leadership portfolio to include an array of programs aimed at helping staff, grantees and communities tackle some of the most challenging obstacles facing vulnerable families.
Stark’s past accomplishments at Casey are many and include planning Making Connections and building resident leadership at participating sites. She is a longstanding champion of the Results-Based Accountability framework, which she used to usher in state-level reforms during her earliest days at the Foundation. In addition, Stark has directed efforts to help social sector leaders achieve the best possible results for at-risk children and families.
“The Foundation is a place like only a few in the world — where staff can live their values and be supported in the interest of making the world a better place,” Stark says. “You work with people who believe that and we are able to make a difference. It’s such an amazing privilege.”
Stark joined the Foundation in 1994 after working as a Casey grantee with the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. In this role, she oversaw one of the nation’s earliest and most ambitious efforts to enhance collaboration among state agencies.
She holds a doctorate in counseling and human development from the Ohio State University.