Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F, provides leadership across all Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) units to develop collaborative funding opportunities and provide support and services to assure the integration of diversity and inclusion into EI2’s programs and operations. A certified professional facilitator, Donna serves as director and operator representative for the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business & Advanced Manufacturing Centers and the Southeastern MBDA Inner City Innovation Hub. In this role, she provides strategic direction, marketing, outreach, and operations for the Centers and the Innovation HUB and business assistance to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Known for her thought leadership and passion for developing MBEs and small businesses, Donna has been at the forefront of helping MBEs learn and understand the role that technology plays in scaling businesses and established the annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit to connect MBE manufacturers for partnerships with corporations and other suppliers. She also launched the NEXTTECH initiative for MBEs to bring technology solutions to federal agencies and corporations. Under Donna’s leadership, the Centers have assisted companies in generating more than $3.5 billion in contracts, financing, and sales and creating or retaining more than 6,000 jobs.
Donna received her master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Leading Women@Tech program and has been named a tenured Black Woman of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She enjoys serving on several boards, mentoring entrepreneurs, and coaching small business owners.