Donna Jacobson, MSW
Executive Director

Donna Jacobson, MSW, is the executive director at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She joined the team in January 2017. As executive director, Donna oversees the operations of the McCormick Center, including financial management, grant writing, fund development, and public and board relations; identifies and recruits new talent as needed; oversees staff development activities to enhance organizational performance; nourishes existing partnerships and develops new opportunities; and maps a course of action to achieve the McCormick Center’s vision. She works with the Leadership Team to passionately espouse the mission of the McCormick Center and lead the way in driving and responding to external trends, issues, and forces that shape early childhood leadership.

Donna’s advocacy for children and social change began as a social worker in Illinois, working with at-risk children and families. Donna continued her career in California, where she developed an expertise in maximizing organizational performance and strengthening systems. Donna is extremely passionate about promoting research-based best practices and developing high-quality early childhood leadership.

Donna is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Bright Horizons Education Advisory Council, and Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP), where she serves as a mentor and committee member of the Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program (WLMP).