Donna J. Barry is the Executive Director of Global Oncology. She is the first person to hold this position. Global Oncology (GO) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce disparities in access to cancer care around the world. Most recently, Donna Barry served as the Director of Women’s Health and Rights at the Center for American Progress (CAP) from 2013-2015. In this role, she led the CAP policy team to develop progressive policy to improve women’s access to health care, with a focus on reproductive health care. Previously Donna was the Advocacy and Policy Director at Partners In Health (PIH) where she began working in 2001. She led the PIH project to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Russia and was Co-Director of PIH’s women’s health programs in Haiti. She guided PIH’s advocacy and policy efforts related to health and hunger, socio-economic development in Haiti, increasing the pool of funding for global health and health system strengthening. Donna participated in briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill regarding reproductive health, debt relief in Haiti, childhood malnutrition, tuberculosis, and funding for global health. A Nurse Practitioner with certification in women’s health, Donna also supported PIH’s nursing activities and provided clinical and program advice to PIH’s women’s health programs.
She earned degrees in Political Science and Russian at Saint Louis University, and then went on to Columbia University in New York, where she earned Masters’ Degrees in International Affairs and Public Health. She completed her RN and Masters of Science in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.