IGNITE is thrilled to share that Representative Donna McLeod, Georgia Representative for the 105th District, will keynote Young Women Run Atlanta 2020.
Donna McLeod was born in the island of Jamaica, grew up in Canada. She moved to Georgia in 1998 and became a US citizen in 2012. She has lived in the same house in Lawrenceville for 19 years.
Donna McLeod is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Quality Assurance Management/ Engineering, she is now the President/CEO of Enviroqual, LLC a Quality Assurance/Regulatory Consulting company specializing in Medical Devices, Food, Plastics and Pharmaceuticals. Ms. McLeod is the mother of a grown daughter and she is also a very proud grandmother.
Ms. McLeod recognizes knowledge as the ultimate power that enables more highly informed people to make better decisions that ultimately improve their lives in every respect.
She believes that every individual should be actively involved in the decision-making processes of the people they empower to lead, those who make the rules and regulations through which we are governed. Passionate about civic responsibility and civic engagement, she emphasizes that through our VOTE we have a say in the decisions that affect virtually every aspect of our daily lives.
Through her involvement in many grassroots organizations and her direct interaction with her community, Ms. McLeod has realized that many people remain unaware of the full duties and privileges of citizenship. She is dedicated to educating the electorate on the importance of their roles in society and the power of the VOTE as a vital force in constructively changing our communities and our country. She served as the Committee Chair for Voter Outreach and Outreach for the Gwinnett County Democratic Party and continues to be an active member of the Gwinnett Democrats.
Ms. McLeod was a grassroots organizer for Senator Obama’s 2008 campaign. In 2012, she was National Director for Voter Outreach for Black Women for Obama.
In 2016, she ran for State House Representative, District 105, in Gwinnett County, GA. Ms. McLeod was endorsed by President Barack Obama. She lost the race by 222 votes (less than 1%) in a gerrymandered district. Ms. McLeod ran again for State House Representative, District 105 in 2018. On November 6, 2018 she was elected State Representative for District 105, winning with over 4000 votes. In 2018, she also earned the endorsements of both President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, Representative McLeod worked with the Department of Corrections and the Department of Community Services to update their release documents to ensure that Ex-Felons that have served their time will be informed that their Voting Rights are restored.
Ms. McLeod is a co-founder of C.A.N.I, Inc., (Community Action Network Initiatives) a non-profit 501c3 organization that helps educate and inform people of their civic and societal rights and responsibilities. Such enlightenment will lead to a higher level of voter participation in the United States, whose voter turnout currently is the lowest among the world’s industrialized nations. The C.A.N.I organization has helped to register over 17,000 new voters.
She was awarded the Georgia Secretary of State Outstanding Citizen Award in 2015, RevUp’s Sankofa Leadership in 2017, Gwinnett County Democratic Party Leadership/Service Award in 2017 and Freedom Fighter Award from the Family in 2018. She also sits on the STEM Board at Discovery High School.
Are you ready to flex your political power and ramp up your civic engagement? Young Women Run Atlanta will connect you to elected leaders, train you on strategies to mobilize for 2020, and more. You'll build a squad of politically ambitious young women and leave empowered, activated, and ready to run for office - or campaign for a candidate you admire. Onward, to Young Women Run and 2020!