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Anne Cohn Donnelly

Anne Cohn Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has taught nonprofit management with a focus on board governance in the school’s Executive Education courses as well as its graduate programs. She established the school’s Board Fellows Program and served as its founding Academic Director. In addition, she works with a number of nonprofits on issues such as child abuse and child well being. 

Dr. Donnelly was the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse) from the fall of 1980 through the summer of 1997. During this time she launched the Healthy Families America Initiative. Prior to this, she served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. At the time of her selection she was a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of the Honorable Albert Gore, Jr. sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Donnelly received a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Medical Sociology from Tufts University and both the M.P.H. and D.P.H. degrees in health administration and planning from the University of California (Berkeley) School of Public Health. 

As Associate and member of the Board of Directors at Berkeley Planning Associates, Dr. Donnelly designed and directed the first national evaluation study of child abuse and neglect treatment programs. She has lectured and published widely and this and subsequent research and policy issues and she has appeared frequently on national and local TV and radio shows. She has received numerous distinctions from her peers for her work including the Vincent de Francis Award, the Brandt Steele Award, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Professional Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and award bearing her name from Prevent Child Abuse America. 

She has been a member of numerous national and international boards and is currently serving on the boards of: Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, Woodlands Academy, BoardSource, and GlobeMed. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.