The Chandler Foundation is pleased to announce that Maura Donlan joined our team in January 2022 as the Director of Advocacy & Effective Social Investing. A thought leader with decades of experience in international development, strategic communications, and social impact, Maura brings a unique skillset that is well suited to the Chandler Foundation’s portfolio and advocacy efforts.
Maura came to the foundation from the Milken Institute where she helped launch the Center for Strategic Philanthropy. Previously, Maura was part of Omidyar Network’s thought leadership/advocacy team and a senior vice president at GMMB, working with globally-focused nonprofit and corporate clients to promote inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. Earlier, Maura worked on programs designed to promote economic and political development and gender equity at the United Nations Development Program, United Nations Foundation, and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
From 1999 to 2006, Maura worked closely with philanthropist Ted Turner in his family office supporting his philanthropy and social enterprises. Maura began her career as a policy analyst on Capitol Hill and on local and presidential campaigns. She holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, where she graduated with highest honors and a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on gender and development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.