Donzelina Barroso

Director, Global Philanthropy

Donzie launched RPA’s London office in early 2017 and leads RPA’s European advisory work. She has more than a decade of experience in international grantmaking and project management at RPA, including work in education, arts, health, human services, poverty alleviation and environmental issues. She currently leads a donor initiative to improve social services for children in Portugal. She has also worked with a Mexican family foundation on the governance and sustainability of their programs. Donzie has designed and implemented educational funding for disadvantaged communities, helped develop an arts center, and developed policies, programs and operations for new foundations.

Previously, Donzie served as a consultant to a leading U.S. corporation in its efforts to bring improved technology and practices to small farmers and cooperatives in Angola. She was also affiliated with the Camões Center for the Study of the Portuguese-Speaking World, at Columbia University. In 1998, her interview with Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author, José Saramago, was published in The Paris Review.

Donzie serves on the board of the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Steering Committee of Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Portugal, Donzie is fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

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