About Me

Donna Stefano’s career spans 20 years in the Middle East, Africa and Asia working in the fields of international development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding.  In 2016 she was selected as a nonfiction writer in residence with the Carey Institute for Global Good.  She has  written a memoir about her time working in Yemen (seeking publication).    

 

She has published several online pieces covering family and parenting issues in the Huffington Post, PBS Parenting, MSNBC and RoleReboot.  She has written about how to teach children about the realities of conflict, how to maneuver between societal expectations of gender roles and her reality of single parenting and balancing work and parenting values.  

 

Her writing imparts a compassionate, insightful and reflective narrative to issues impacting the global political scene as described through the people she meets and the events she witnesses during her work. 

 

Ms. Stefano holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.   She has worked in in Yemen, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Pakistan, Guinea and Botswana.  She currently lives with her teenage son in Rochester, NY.

Professional

Seeds of Peace   Middle East Regional Director 2013-2015 Jerusalem, Ramallah, Tel Aviv

Global Communities  Program Director  2004-2013   West Bank/Gaza, Jordan, Middle East

UMCOR  Business Development Manager, Africa 2000-2003

Save the Children  ME/Asia Desk Officer 1998-2000      Pakistan, Guinea, Lebanon
UNDP   Executive Officer to the Resident Coord 1996-1998   Yemen

UNV Agency Resource Mobilization Consultant 1994-1995     Geneva

US Dept of State  Intern    1993                       Botswana

Languages
Delivered Solutions Consulting

English

French

Arabic

Offering consulting services in the fields of international development, community development, business development, conflict resolution and mediation and organizational strategy.  Please contact me via contact page for more information.