Donohue began her work with Fairfax in 2003 as a grant researcher and editor in the Department of Financial Services. Through a career development program, she had the opportunity to meet Superintendent Jack Dale and was encouraged to apply for the chief of staff position, which she obtained in 2006. She maintained that position for seven years. When Karen K. Garza took over as Superintendent in 2013 and reorganized the division, her title changed to director of operations.
Donohue assists the superintendent in managing the division through crisis management; advance research and writing; overall communication from Garza to principals, teachers, and parents; and with various advisory councils. She also works closely with members of the Fairfax County School Board, community organizations, and civic associations to ensure the Superintendent’s message and initiatives align with the expectations of county residents.
Donohue began her career as a radio personality at WWDE (2WD) Radio in Hampton Roads; moved on to run a news bureau on Capitol Hill; taught journalism at George Mason University; and held various marketing, public relations, and fundraising positions throughout her career.
She holds a master of arts degree in communication education from George Mason University and a bachelor of science in communication from James Madison University.