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Donna Guinn

Director of Grassroots Advocacy

Donna Guinn serves as the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

In this role, Donna is the primary contact for NPAF volunteers, managing recruitment, retention and engagement of NPAF’s grassroots network to advance NPAF’s integrated policy and advocacy objectives.  Working closely and collaboratively with NPAF and PAF colleagues, Donna focuses on grassroots advocacy education, training and community engagement while helping cultivate new community stakeholder partners and regional funding opportunities

A former Army public affairs officer, Donna is also the founder and principal of Lobby for Good Consulting, LLC, a Washington-based advocacy firm dedicated to working with non-profits and causes.

She is the former state lead in Virginia for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. In that capacity, she worked extensively on the the Affordable Care Act, among others important bills for the cancer community.

She served as the vice president of the Tigerlily Foundation, a nonprofit supporting young women before, during and after breast cancer. While there, she advocated for the Young Women’s Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009.

Donna’s advocacy pursuits go beyond legislative endeavors. She produced The SCAR Project, a provocative photographic exhibition of young women surviving breast cancer.

Ms. Guinn worked in the US and abroad and founded Sponsorship Communications, a sponsorship and event marketing agency. Taking a sabbatical in 2003, she moved to Israel, working on an UN project to market traditional Palestinian embroidery for Gazan women.

She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD Scientific Institute and acts as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Donna’s interest in health extends to personal fitness, as well:  she is a member of the Cancer Research Institute Marine Corps Marathon team, running as both a survivor and veteran.

Donna holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany and has completed graduate studies at George Mason University.