Donna Berry journeys with many attributes on her road to excellence as a professional, a community activist, a wife and a mother of two sons, ages twenty-one and sixteen. Mrs. Berry is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and is a licensed Civil Engineer. She has received numerous accolades and awards for her design and delivery of highway transportation projects, including the prestigious Tranny Award. She has served the State of California as a designer, and a design squad leader delivering over 200 million dollars in projects, and as a Project Manager responsible for managing and leading multi-discipline teams to deliver projects in Sacramento and El Dorado County projects totaling over $500 million dollars. She continues to be hailed by management for her delivery of difficult projects, representing the State of California before city councils, boards of supervisors, and numerous committees. While she has received numerous awards as a professional engineer, none bring her the joy and excitement as the rewards of working in the community with youth.
Mrs. Berry became involved in community service during her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, which included holding office in the UC Davis Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest student organization in the country. For her involvement she was honored with several fellowships in northern California. During her tenure at UC Davis and after her graduation, she assisted many engineering students in their academic careers. As an NSBE alumni member, she has traveled the country to give motivational speeches to the general membership and at student conventions. She has organized and worked with mentoring programs and rites of passage programs for young girls. While at the State of California, she has done recruitment for the department to universities across the country and has developed and administered a scholarship program for college students interested in transportation and transportation-related fields. While engineering has been the springboard for Mrs. Berry to sharpen her technical, management and organizational skills, she has held her passion for working with youth close to her heart as the true goal and measure of success. Mrs. Berry has had the extraordinary opportunity to utilized her skills with Target Excellence, a Non-profit organization that speaks to her passion of serving the community and youth. During her tenure at Target Excellence she instituted programs, met with educators and business people all over the country to improve and provide educational opportunities for all students. Her belief is that if you follow your passion, you are never lost and all that you do will prosper.
The latest path on her journey has taken her to the center of her joy, Sisters of Nia. It defines her mission – you must show up prepared. Helping youth through life lessons and opportunities is the goal so they will know how to show up and are properly prepared to succeed is Mrs. Berry’s primary mantra.