Donna Byrd was raised in North Carolina and Virginia, and graduated high school in Germany. She received her B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and completed her M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1996 after being an assistant Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble. She went on to work as a brand manager for Coca-Cola, the VP of Marketing for EzGov, the CEO of Black America Web, and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kickoff Marketing. She is currently a publisher for The Root at the Washington Post, a daily online magazine that offers stimulating commentary on today’s news from a variety of African-American viewpoints. Donna helped launch TheRoot.com in 2008, and since then it has grown to become the number one source of African-American news in the United States. In 2012 she became a Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Donna has received awards such as “The Lucile Harris Bluford Spotlight,” “The Diva Lounge Award” for her work as publisher of TheRoot.com, and was honored at the “Diversity Affluence Brunch & Awards” in 2012.