Donna LaSala, MPA

Donna LaSala, MPAProgram Director and Professor

Education

MPA, University of San Francisco
BS, Policy Analysis and Economics, Cornell University

Bio

Donna LaSala is a strategic, results-oriented practitioner with over 28 years experience leading public, private, and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as COO/CIO at Goodwill Industries, CIO/IT Director at City of Berkeley, and CEO of the Triple Bottom Line Institute (TBLi), where she spearheaded the development of multisector financial, environmental, and social justice programs. She is an alumna of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University and the International Labor Relations Diversity & Inclusion program at Cornell University.

Prof. LaSala is known at PGS for encouraging students to develop “analyst/activist” skills for leadership across business, government, and civic society, as well as for introducing students to a range of contacts and guest speakers from her professional network of small/large nonprofits, academic institutions in seven countries, and dozens of government agencies. She is a passionate advocate for harnessing the power of education for financial, environmental, and social sustainability, with specific focus on gender and race equity, income/wealth mobility, ethical frameworks for performance measurement, data analysis, and business intelligence, broadening civic participation, prison reform, and workplace certification programs.

Courses

MSS6200: Civic Leadership, Diversity & Systems Thinking
SUS7010: Introduction to Public Administration & Policy
SUS7040: Human Resources and Management Ethics
MSS6300: Multisector Solutions and Sustainable Partnerships
MSS6340: Capstone: Fieldwork Implementation Practicum

donna.lasala@presidio.edu