Donna Owens Among Honorees to be Recognized at “25 Years a Journalist”, June 25th (6-7:30p), Winthrop House

(BALTIMORE – June 23, 2019) – Well, it’s almost here! “25 Years a Journalist”, a wine sip and roast honoring Bmorenews publisher Doni Glover, is set for this Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Winthrop House located at 4100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $100 and part of proceeds go towards a book scholarship for Morgan State journalism students at the Global School of Journalism & Communications.


It wouldn’t be a “Doni Glover event” without the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards. Since 2011, Bmorenews and its partners have been recognizing Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, over 1,500 individuals have been honored in 6 US cities: New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Atlanta and New Orleans. 

Honorees for Tuesday include Donna D. Owens, CPM.

Who is Donna? 

Donna began her public service career in 1988, as a Mayor’s Representative, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke Administration, and then later a Solid Waste Analyst for the Department of Public Works. As Solid Waste Analysts she became the first Woman to ever hold this managerial position in the field of Solid Waste Management in Baltimore City.  She later in 1999 because the first Woman to become Chief, of the Street and Alley Cleaning Division, in Washington DC. In 2003, Donna became the first Woman Deputy Commissioner of Public Works in Atlanta, Georgia, thus breaking the glass ceiling in Public Works and Environmental Services, blazing a trail for Women in non-traditional careers. Donna in 2008 became the first Woman to become the City Administrator of one of the World’s most famous Cities, Niagara Falls, New York.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Donna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Hood College and continued her education receiving her Certification in Public Management from George Washington University’s Center for excellence in Municipal Management. Donna also completed the Executive Leadership Program for Leadership Atlanta Class 2006. In 2008, Donna was selected by the National Urban Fellows Executive Leadership Program to serve as one of its National Mentors. She also was selected to become a member of the first National Urban Fellows Executive Leadership Cohort for America’s Leaders for Change, this Cohort consisted of Executive Leaders from across the United States. Donna has also been designated a Subject Matter Expert on Public Works Role as First Responders in Emergency Preparedness by the Department of Justice.

In her spare time, Donna is a Jazz enthusiast, she worked part-time for one of the largest Contemporary Jazz Festival Production Company Capital Jazz for many years as a Stage Manager, assisting the likes of Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, James Brown, Earl Klugh, Chaka Khan to name a few.  Donna is an avid Golfer and a Gourmet Cook.  Donna is a Political Strategist, loyal Public Servant and Child of God.

Donna currently serves on the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation Board as a Board Trustee and The Threshold Inc. as a Board Member.  She also works as Council Liaison for the Honorable Councilman Robert Stokes, Sr. 12th District, Baltimore City Council.