Donna McCullough is the chief mission and field operations officer of the Alzheimer's Association®. In this role, she oversees mission delivery across the Association's nationwide network of community-based chapters, and leads all aspects of philanthropic support, programs and mission engagement. She is responsible for devising, developing and launching initiatives that strengthen the organization's profile and advance strategic goals.
McCullough provides oversight to staff at the Home Office and the field, which includes over 1,500 employees in communities nationwide. At the same time, she drives a culture of volunteer engagement across the Association and works to implement robust education and awareness campaigns to mobilize communities. She works to ensure continuous improvement of the organization's strategic priorities, with particular emphasis on the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion; local care and support programs; relationships with health systems; concern and awareness campaigns; advocacy efforts; ongoing and new research; and fundraising initiatives.
McCullough is responsible for the Association's nationwide and local efforts to grow revenue in support of its mission, including individual, corporate and planned giving and grants, and fundraising for the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), a separately incorporated advocacy affiliate of the Association. With her significant experience creating and developing strategy for large nonprofits, she has driven the Association to aggressive revenue growth, positioning the organization as a leader in the voluntary health sector.
McCullough also oversees the organization's programs division, which provides and enables care and support to the millions affected by Alzheimer's and other dementia while advancing public education around risk reduction. To drive innovation and implementation, she provides leadership and strategy to mission engagement activities, which scale new offerings to extend the Association's reach to key audiences and increase access to quality care.
McCullough most recently served as the Association's chief field and development officer, leading all aspects of field operations and revenue growth. Walk to End Alzheimer's® grew significantly under McCullough's leadership, and as a result has been recognized as the second-largest peer-to-peer fundraising event in the country for three consecutive years. The Association was also named Fundraising Organization of the Year in 2019 by the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum.
McCullough earned her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of West Florida and has advanced leadership training from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Harvard University and Mutual of America.