Donna Marie Hunter, Ed.D.
Dr. Donna Marie is an inspirational keynote speaker, best-selling author and counselor. She believes that dreams, both large and small, do not have expiration dates, even in the face of a harsh reality, like her daughter Allie’s diagnosis of Autism. The emotional devastation and looming disappointment became the catalyst for the repair of the breach of brokenness. Donna co-authored “Women Who Rise” a #1 Amazon International Best Seller, in which she shares the journey to hope, restoration and repair of broken dreams.
Donna Marie is the founder of Allie’s Allys , a nonprofit serving families in underserved communities affect by Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
As an advocate for children with special needs, Dr. Donna co-produced and stared in the award-winning Short Film: “Colored My Mind: Diagnosis” with friends: Tisha Campbell-Martin, LaDonna Hughley, Tammy McCrary and Shannon Nash. The film has aired on CentricTV, PBS, CNN's Raising America, with screening at Viacom, Delta Airlines and Wells Fargo Bank diversity training. The film speaks to the disparity in timely and accurate diagnosis of African American and Latino children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, particularly Autism.
With over twenty years of awarded leadership as high school principal, counselor and administrator, Donna is a well-respected expert in public education. Dr. Hunter’s mission is to educate, enlighten and empower individuals with knowledge that transforms thinking and leads to actionable steps toward positive change. Dr. Donna is an intuitive Coach for personal and professional growth; a knowledgeable Consultant in education and leadership; and an inspiring Champion for equity, access and inclusion for individual with disabilities.
Board Affiliations | Specialized Training
USC / Children's Hospital Los Angeles - California Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Related Disorders (CA-LEND)
USC Civic Engagement, Bridges to Business #CommunityCounts
Allie’s Allys Non-profit – Serving Individuals affected by Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD & MHIDD)
Regional Center (SGPRC) – Community Outreach and Legislation Committee
LA Arts Commission “Arts for LA” Arts Education – Fellowship & Advisory Committee
Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XV – Executive Board
Walnut Valley Educational Foundation (WVEF) – current Board Member
Walnut Valley Administrator’s Association (WVAA) – President (2014-2016)
Leadership Award 2015 and 2017
Colored My Mind Foundation (CMM) (Non-Profit and Award-winning Documentary)
Dr. Hunter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Studied Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, she holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, a Counseling Credential, and an earned Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, California.