Donna LaSala, MPA


Adjunct Professor


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


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 and 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.


MSS6200: Civic Leadership, Diversity and Systems Thinking
MSS6340: Capstone: Implementation and Fieldwork Practicum
MSS6360: The Fundamentals and Future of Public Administration