As a political leadership coach, Donna Zajonc, MA, PCC has brought nonpartisan awareness and clarity to a wide variety of candidates for public office and current elected officials. Her book, The Politics of Hope, provides ordinary citizens as well as public servants with a firm foundation for action in this time of global change.
At the age of 28, she was elected to serve three terms in the Oregon State House of Representatives and was her party's nominee for Secretary of State as well as campaign manager for an Oregon gubernatorial election and numerous other political campaigns. As an entrepreneur who owned and managed a chain of food franchises, Donna served as Chair of the National Franchise Advisory Board.
In 2004, Donna co-lead a "Partners in Participation: Women's Campaign Initiative," in Tunis, Tunisia. Partners in Participation was formed under the auspices of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a Presidential initiative announced by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in December 2002 to support economic, political and educational development efforts in the Middle East. Over sixty Islamic women from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia attended the seminar.
Currently, Donna Co-chairs the International Coach Federation Special Interest Group for Political Leadership Coaching and is Co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon. She also holds the certification of CPC (Certified Professional Coach) from The Academy for Coach Training, Bellevue, Washington, an International Coach Federation accredited academy.
Donna, a former elected official, political leadership coach, and author of The Politics of Hope, takes a decidedly trans-partisan perspective, drawing upon developmental theorists from Elizabeth Kübler-Ross to Don Beck to explore how our political processes evolve as we evolve.