Donna McCullough

Donna McCullough is chief operating officer of the Alzheimer's Association. She leads the organization's strategy to effectively implement its mission priorities in communities nationwide, while engaging people living with the disease, volunteers, partners and stakeholders, all in service of our vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. She oversees the organization's nationwide Development, Programs and Mission Engagement, Concern and Awareness, and Conference Services departments, as well as the Association's 75 local chapters across the country.

McCullough is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in strategic planning, organizational and fundraising development, and program management. She was appointed chief operating officer in 2024 after serving in several progressive senior leadership roles since joining the Association in 2012. She brings to the role a wealth of experience in driving the organization's mission.

Throughout her career with the Association, McCullough has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Upon joining the organization, she built and continues to guide an award-winning, best-in-class, broad-spectrum fundraising portfolio that has delivered consistent growth for more than a decade and ensures the Association has the resources it needs to invest in groundbreaking research and quality care and support. Additionally, McCullough designed and led the implementation of a robust community engagement model that now mobilizes a record number of volunteers, stakeholders and partners who guide the implementation of the organization's mission priorities in communities across the country. She also oversees the Association's Programs and Mission Engagement team's strategy for developing and implementing innovative new risk reduction, early detection, and care and support initiatives that enable communities and health care providers to deliver quality care for everyone, everywhere.

Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, McCullough held various leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, where she led initiatives to enhance high-quality care, expand access to services, raise funds to fuel mission priorities, engage communities and strengthen organizational capacity.

She earned a 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.