Donna Berber

CEO, Founder and Co-Chair

I was born in London, England, and my world was shaken as a young woman when I saw horrific images of the starvation camps flash across my television screen during the Ethiopian famine in the mid 1980s. My heart was torn apart and, unknowingly, my world changed forever. After moving to Texas in 1991, the call within became too loud to ignore, and I was compelled to take action. From that, A Glimmer of Hope was born in 2000.

I continue to be deeply passionate about the issues of injustices relating to poverty and women in Africa. I have a message to share with the world on behalf of the forgotten people. I see my primary role as leading A Glimmer of Hope through the next, exciting phase of our work. We have seen tremendous momentum and growth in Ethiopia since we started our work, yet there is still so much to be done.

I feel blessed to be on this path with others who inspire me every day. The greatest inspiration, of course, being the rural poor in Ethiopia who live in abhorrent, abject poverty with such dignity and grace.

I share in this journey with my husband, Philip, and our three incredibly handsome sons.