Davida McDonald is the senior manager, peer learning at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Prior to this position, Ms. McDonald was a senior advisor for Early Childhood Development in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she oversaw the Office’s 50-State Technical Assistance Strategy, served as the HHS TA Lead for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program and served as a Program Officer for RTT-ELC.
Prior to working at the federal level, Ms. McDonald was director of state policy at NAEYC, where her primary responsibilities were researching and tracking state public policy trends and working with state and local affiliates to build their public policy capacity. She brought to NAEYC a knowledge of statewide advocacy and coalition-building campaigns. Prior to working at NAEYC, she worked in the state program at the Trust for Early Education as State Program Analyst and came there from Massachusetts, where she managed a statewide information dissemination and capacity-building campaign as well as an advocacy skills building and leadership development project targeting child care providers. Ms. McDonald is a Children’s Defense Fund Emerging Leader, Class of 2001.
Before entering the early care and education field, Ms. McDonald worked at a community health center in a Boston neighborhood managing its health education and outreach activities. She was also project coordinator of the Welfare in Transition Project at the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, working under principal investigator Lisa Dodson to document the affect that welfare reform had on women, their families, and their communities in Boston and Cambridge, MA.
Ms. McDonald has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Masters of Public Health in maternal and child health from the Boston University School of Public Health.