Donna C. Pressma, LCSW, President and Chief Executive Officer
Donna, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been President & CEO of The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey since 1986. Donna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College and earned a Masters degree from Smith College School for Social Work. Her published Master’s thesis research was done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1982 Donna merged two large child and family service agencies into the Jewish Family and Child Agency of Philadelphia. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago, a large urban and suburban child welfare and mental health agency, and she directed The State of Connecticut’s child welfare services under Governor Ella Grasso.
In 2006 Donna was appointed to Governor Corzine’s Transition Task Force for New Jersey Child Welfare. Since 1975 she has worked nationally as a consultant to states and counties in delivering services to abused and neglected children and their families. She chairs the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) Task Force on Children Youth and Families with HIV Infection and has participated on many CWLA regional and national committees. She has taught child welfare policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School for Social Work and has conducted numerous workshops, written articles and given testimony to United States Congress.
Donna joined Senator Metzenbaum, Surgeon General Koop and Dr. Orleski in presenting testimony to Congress that resulted in funding of the Ryan White Act. Donna was included in A STUDY IN EXCELLENCE, Management in the Nonprofit Human Services. Most recently Donna received the national David Roth Leadership award at the March 2013 CWLA Washington DC Conference for her life-long commitment to the well-being and healthy development of children and for her agency’s leadership and national contributions to the well-being of at-risk children of America.