As a nonprofit leader of over 40 years, Donna Chavis has made significant contributions to public life. This has included board service on the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, the First National People of Color Leadership Summit, the Rural School and Community Trust, First image Corporation of Robeson Health Care Corporation, Active Living By Design, WildAcres Leadership Initiative, and the North Carolina Center for NonProfits. In 2014 Donna retired from her seat on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina. During her tenure at PPCNC she served as a member of the Board Development, Finance and Executive Committees and held the offices of Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect and Chair. In the final months of her term she served on the PPCNC Merger Committee and the PPCNC/PPHS Joint Merger Committee.
Among other honors, she was featured in the 2009 book “Secrets of Success: North Carolina Values-Based Leadership” and received the 2014 Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership.
Donna recently returned to a leadership role at the Center for Community Action, a social change nonprofit based in Lumberton, NC that she co-founded with her husband, Mac Legerton, in 1980.
Donna Chavis is a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina and resides with her family in the ancestral home of Pembroke, NC.