Donna Orender

In Their Own Words

Basketball

Leadership, Maccabi USA
1985 World Maccabiah Games
Women’s Basketball League
2001, 2013 Maccabiah Organizing Committees
2014 U18 Boys’ European Basketball Tour Chair
Vice President, Maccabi USA Board of Directors
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Donna first got involved with Maccabi USA as a member of the 1985 USA Women’s Basketball team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. It was her first trip to Israel and she fell in love with the idea of using sports to connect people to their culture, heritage and the State of Israel. Donna was so determined to go to Israel to compete in the Maccabiah that she was willing to risk losing her job to do so.

Prior to the Games, Donna had played professional Basketball in the Women’s Basketball League for three years where she was an All-Star. She then began to work in network and cable television sports before forming her own production company. Donna then went on to spend 17 years working on the PGA Tour, her last position there was Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. Donna left the PGA to serve as President of the WNBA which she left after six years to start her own consulting and advisory firm, Orender Unlimited.

In addition to her support of Maccabi USA, Donna also is a founding board member of the Association of Surfing Professionals; serves on the nominating committee for the V Foundation for Cancer Research Board; contributes to the Boards of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida, the University of North Florida’s Brooks School of Health; and is a Co-Chair of the UJA Sports for Youth initiative.

She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Newsweek’s 100 most influential people in sports amongst other recognitions. She launched a platform called Generation W in 2011, focused on the betterment of women and girls.

Donna resides in Jacksonville Beach, FL with her husband MG and twin sons, Jacob and Zachary – both alumni of the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

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