Donna Thompson-Bennett, a parent and retired attorney, has 25 years in advocacy experience and 20 of those years have centered on parent leadership and civic engagement.   Her local professional service has included Coordinator of the Bridgeport Public Schools Parent Center and Bridgeport Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI).

Presently, she is Co-Director of the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI). Donna has worked within NPLI over a decade as a National Consultant and Master Facilitator and has partnered in implementing PLTI Sites around the country including locations in Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Virginia.  In her shared leadership role with NPLI, she works with other non-profits, agencies and civic leaders to help them partner authentically with parents as true assets. In addition to her work on the national stage, she currently serves on the Bridgeport (Connecticut) PLTI Civic Design Team. Her current parent and community engagement includes Bridgeport Prospers-Cradle to Career Initiative, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Six to Six Magnet School PTSA, Mount Aery Baptist Church and Development Corporation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Donna’s journey has always included elements of civics – as a New York City Assistant District Attorney to empowering parents to be change agents and advocates for their children. Donna graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Donna and her partner in life and love for over 20 years, Anthony Bennett, are the loving parents of Brittany and Ahmad and grandparents of Nylah Marie.

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Born In:  A native of the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection – Philadelphia, PA.

Favorite children’s book: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Love this book because of its subtle nod to “Girl Power” and her willingness to think, try and do her best to be of service to others even when the odds were against her.

Personal Hero:  My Mom, Hazel Marie Logan Thompson aka Professor as she was my best teacher in the University of Life!