UNA-NCA Advisory Council Co-Chair
Former Director, International Labour Organization - Washington Office
Ms. Donaldson served as the Representative to the United States and Canada for the International Labor Organization, a specialized UN agency, and Director of the ILO Washington DC office, from 2010 to July, 2017. She is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Council, and Co-Director of the Graduate Fellows Program for UNA-NCA. Ms. Donaldson also serves as the Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Fair Labor Association, an international collaborative initiative of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. She has advised governments, unions, civil society organizations and corporations for 30 years. She worked in the private sector for over 15 years, also serving as an adviser to the ILO Washington office with U.S. policymakers on core labor standards, trade and the decent work agenda from 2005 through 2009. Earlier in her career, she was the Legislative Director for the Service Employees International Union. Other accomplishments include advancing a successful, bipartisan campaign to release U.S. dues to the UN and representing global corporate clients to support full funding of the UNAIDS initiative. Her work on social, humanitarian and peace issues has included representing internationally recognized scientists on nuclear non-proliferation; leading U.S. coalition-based legislative campaigns for the regulation of tobacco; healthcare reform; health and safety in the workplace; and extending family and medical leave as a protected right.