A Leader with a Meaningful Perspective
A life-long Democrat, Donna is a proven leader who has worked on innovative and ethical policies to bring a new perspective to prosecutions and advance the interests of justice. Now is the time to reimagine and restore trust in the justice system.
A resident of Middlesex County for more than 25 years, Donna was raised by her dad, a single parent who served as a lineman at the electric company for 43 years. A product of the public schools, Donna attended Boston University on scholarship. After a decade in healthcare management, she enrolled at Boston College Law School the same year that her oldest son entered kindergarten.
She clerked for Justice Elspeth Cypher in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and then started as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She then worked as a zealous advocate, as a defense attorney for clients in the state and federal justice system. Donna returned to the Suffolk County DA's Office as Chief of Professional Integrity & Ethics, creating training programs, prosecution policies, and helping to build the Conviction Integrity Program.
Donna understood that as much as she could positively affect the cases for each one of her clients, she could have a broader systemic impact by working on change as a prosecutor. She has been counsel of record for more than 120 Appeals Court cases and appeared more than 20 times in front of the Supreme Judicial Court. She has been recognized by her colleagues for her work with an award for the “Best Appellate Prosecutor” and the “Unsung Hero Award”.
Her family and community
Donna lives in Winchester with her husband Jim, the proud mother to Jimi, Matthew, & Lucy. In addition to her demanding practice as a prosecutor, Donna is actively engaged in her community. She served as a member of her town’s Zoning Board of Appeal for a dozen years and recently chaired the search for new Town Counsel. She also served as a board member for: Kids Corner, a vibrant after-school program in Winchester; Tufts Educational Day Care Center in Somerville; and the Winchester Historical Society.
Impact Across the Country & Commonwealth
As a member of the National District Attorneys’ Association Best Practices Committee, Donna has worked with prosecutors across the country to develop and share policies that encourage responsible and just prosecutions. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts appointed Donna to the Board of Bar Overseers, which she later chaired, the organization responsible for overseeing the ethics and discipline of Massachusetts’ 60,000 active attorneys, and presided over cases where attorneys had been accused of violating their ethical responsibilities. She shares her expertise both in the law and in ethics at legal conferences and law schools in Massachusetts and across the country.