Donna Rosenthal, M.S., Executive Vice Chairman
Donna Rosenthal is the Executive Vice Chairman of CLAL-The National
Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. As the chief executive, she
administers all of the operations for this nationally recognized
leadership-training institute, think tank, and resource center.
Prior to joining CLAL, Ms. Rosenthal was the first Executive Director of the
National Down Syndrome Society, recognized for its work in research, public
education and services for people with developmental challenges. She came to
the Society after a decade of work at United Neighborhood Houses of New
York, the federation of settlement houses, where she was the Assistant
Director, establishing employment, home care, and outreach programs which
have been replicated nationwide. She began her career in the field of aging
and was a program officer at the New York State Office for the Aging in its
formative years, initiating programs in the legal services for the aging and
helping to write the legislation for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Ms. Rosenthal has also worked extensively as a community volunteer. Past
leadership positions include: President of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park
Slope, Brooklyn; President of Executive Women in Human Services; President
of the Alumni Association of the Columbia University School of Social Work,
and Co-chair of the Centennial Celebration of the School. Currently, she is
Chair of the Deanís Advisory Council of the School of Social Work. Ms.
Rosenthal is also President of the Alumni Federation of Columbia University,
and a recipient of the Universityís Alumni Medal.
Ms. Rosenthal created the volunteer program, Project Child, which was
designated the 149th Point of Light by President George Bush (No. 41). She
is co-editor of the book, Down Syndrome: Living and Learning in the
Community, and served as consultant to the television show, Life Goes On.
Ms. Rosenthal received her B.A. from The George Washington University and
her M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was
awarded a scholarship from the National Institute of Mental Health.