Our Team

Donna Ennis, C.P.F.

Director, Community Engagement and Program Development Co-Director, Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing
(Georgia AIM)

Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., provides leadership across all Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute units to develop collaborative funding opportunities and provide support and services to ensure the integration of inclusion into programs and operations. She co-directs the Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (Georgia AIM) project funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Georgia AIM leverages a statewide network of more than 100 partners for the equitable development and deployment of talent and innovation in AI for all manufacturing sectors. Ennis is Georgia AIM’s director of community engagement, ensuring that the project is inclusive throughout Georgia. Through innovation, collaboration, education, and participation, Georgia AIM is providing the tools and knowledge to empower all communities to participate fully in a diverse AI manufacturing workforce. As the operator representative and former project director for the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and the SE MBDA Business Growth Hub, Donna also provides strategic direction and operational oversight for these groups and business assistance to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and small businesses. Under Ennis’ leadership, MBDA Business Center programs have helped companies generate more than $6.4 billion in contracts, financing, and sales, and create or retain more than 7,000 jobs.

Ennis received her Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a B.S. in communications from Boston University. She received the 2022 Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Faculty Award and the 2022 Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President’s Partnership in the Promise Award. She is an Atlanta Business Chronicle Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Outstanding Voice awardee and one of Georgia Tech’s Faces of Inclusive Excellence. Ennis is also a graduate of the Leading Women@Tech program and has been named a tenured Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She enjoys serving on several boards, mentoring entrepreneurs, and coaching small business owners.