Throughout the course of her professional work as a consultant, mediator, and lactation activist, Donna Ron has developed substantial experience in writing, researching, analyzing, and performing other marketing and public information functions. After graduating with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and History, Donna Ron researched, documented, and compiled a database for the community health center of Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. The Jewish Board of Guardians (now part of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services) funded her work. Subsequently, Donna Ron performed educational and fundraising communications for the Women’s Health Lobbying Organization in New York, and served as Assistant Director of a national conference the organization sponsored in Washington, D.C.
Donna Ron’s interest in the health benefits of breastfeeding developed during her work teaching at a kibbutz in the 1980s, and providing parent education in clinics and hospitals in Israel during the 1990s; she also began to write and publish articles on the topic. The International Symposium on Breastfeeding’s 1980 program book included Donna Ron’s essay, “Social Support for Breastfeeding.” Also, kibbutz and lactation newsletters printed her pieces “Economics of Breastfeeding” and “Parenting on a Kibbutz.” Eventually, Donna Ron decided to seek a Master’s degree at Tel Aviv University, which involved researching a dissertation for her Health Systems Management Program. Under the direction of Professor Arie Shirom and Dr. Orna Blondheim, Donna Ron documented a 24 percent increase in breastfeeding by mothers of newborns at the hospital.
Apart from writing and research, Donna Ron has also utilized her photography to illustrate program reports; participated in the development and implementation of budgets; authored grant proposals; and assisted in fundraising initiatives. She maintains a Secondary Teaching Certificate, has Board certification from the International Lactation Consultant Association, and won a grant from the Devora Netzer Fund for Research and Promotion of Women in the Community to research area women through the Institute for Social Research of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.