Donalyn co-leads the S360 Hawaii office with a passionate drive to offer broad-reaching, targeted, and meaningful results for all its valued clients. Her expertise lies in strategic and crisis communications, media and public relations, community outreach and public affairs. Donalyn’s all-angle approach stems from over two decades of private and public sector work as a broadcast journalist, lobbyist, spokesperson, facilitator and communications leader.
Prior to joining S360, Donalyn was the Communications Director for the Hawaii State Department of Education, where she strategized and built an internal and external communications infrastructure in one of the largest government agencies in the state and the only State Education Agency (SEA)/Local Education Agency (LEA) in the country. Through her vast knowledge and experience in building relationships with media, business, government, and community leaders, Donalyn understands issues and their outlier perspectives, strategizes targeted messaging, and fosters collaborative vision among stakeholders in the spirit of positive change.
She served as Deputy Communications Director and spokesperson for former Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, worked in Washington D.C. as Press Secretary for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, and was Communications Director for the Hawaii Democratic Party. Donalyn is a featured speaker for leadership development and communications practices in business and homeland security.
She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her MA in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.