Computer CORE Announces New Executive Director

Donna Walker James

Donna Walker James
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Computer CORE is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Walker James as Executive Director. Adam Schau, President of Computer CORE Board of Directors thanks the Transition Committee for their work in finding a new leader for CORE. He says, “We are especially pleased to have Donna start now as our organization is preparing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Computer CORE in November this year.  Donna brings the passion, energy, and expertise that we need to lead Computer CORE into our next 20 years.”

Katherine Morrison, President of Morrison Nonprofit Transitions, led the executive director search and added her observation that “Donna literally wrote the book on workforce development,” referring to James’ publications for the American Youth Policy Forum on education programs with positive outcomes including workforce connectedness. “She will bring excellent depth of knowledge to CORE’s work reducing the gap between employer needs and the skills of local job seekers.”

James starts with CORE on August 15, 2019, just prior to the organization’s Flagship program start date of September 3.  She currently holds the position of Programs Coordinator at Goodwin House Foundation. Previously, James was Executive Director of Agenda:Alexandria, Deputy Director of Senior Services of Alexandria, and Acting Executive Director of Volunteer Alexandria. James serves as treasurer on the boards of Living Legends of Alexandria and Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria, and is involved with First Night Alexandria. She is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, and earned her BA in Urban Studies and Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

James follows Computer CORE founder Deb Roepke and Lynn O’Connell who each served as Executive Director for ten years. James thanks both these women for leading the way, as well as Katherine Morrison and Julie Meyer who held interim executive director positions during CORE’s transitions.

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About Computer CORE

Computer CORE is a 20-year old Northern Virginia non-profit organization that teaches low-income adults the technological and professional skills needed to pursue their career aspirations. CORE graduates over 200 students annually and engages more than 170 committed volunteers. Board members, volunteers and a small dedicated staff together provide affordable classes, convenient scheduling and multiple locations.