Donna Whitman was born and raised in Tucson. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. Her career consisted of 32 years as Director of Interpreter Services for the Arizona State Court System in Pima County as well as adjunct professor at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She continues to work as a contract interpreter as time permits. For several years, her professional and community activities included board memberships in the National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators, Tucson’s Women’s Commission, and the Arizona Lung Association to name a few. Presently her nonprofit alliances and fundraising experience consist of the Latin American Art Patrons (Tucson Museum of Art) and Tucson Mexico Sister Cities Association, a binational organization promoting cultural, educational, and economic development between Tucson and Puerto Peñasco.
Her knowledge and interest in CEDO began in her teens and has taken advantage of CEDO’s educational offerings and tours. She has witnessed CEDO´S evolution and progress and adamantly believes in ecosystem conservation. Donna is a permanent resident of Mexico and is bilingual. She has studied and lived in Mexico and is acutely aware of Mexico’s triumphs and challenges in all facets of its history.