Director of Development, Cinnaire Lending

Donsia joined Cinnaire in 2020 as Director of Development, Cinnaire Lending. In this position, Donsia is responsible for the development and implementation of Cinnaire’s strategy for partnering with foundations and other charitable funders to grow Cinnaire’s work in the community development field. Donsia will initially work in our Madison office before relocating to our Chicago office.

Donsia most recently served as Executive Director for LISC Wisconsin. In this position, she led LISC’s strategic direction and partnership efforts to move LISC Milwaukee to champion equitable economic development while managing a network of relationships that spanned neighborhood organizations and funders to business leaders and policymakers. Prior to this position, Donsia cofounded Strong Hill Associates, a law firm specializing in tax exempt bonds, LIHTC, loans, private equity, grants and government guarantees for catalytic housing, infrastructure, educational facilities and commercial economic development projects.

Donsia is a graduate of Marquette’s Associates in Commercial Real Estate program. She received her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. Donsia serves on the Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. She is a recipient of the Illinois State University, College of Applied Science and Technology inaugural Hall of Fame Award and an Athena Award for service from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Donsia was named a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Powerbroker by Milwaukee Business Journal and one of its 2018 Women of Influence.