Michelle Harman McDonald, MSW, LSW

Vice President for Chapter Development & Field Operations


Michelle H. McDonald was named Vice President for Chapter Development and Field Operations of the American Parkinson Disease Association in December 2012. Ms. McDonald brings over 20 years management experience in the non-profit sector having served in national, regional, and state leadership positions with the Alzheimer's Association, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and The Housing and Community Development Network of NJ.

Specializing in organizational development, she has a proven track record building chapter capacity with success in fundraising, program development, strategic business planning, board and staff development, and financial management. Before launching her non-profit career, she worked in the geriatric psychiatry and developmental disabilities fields.

While at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with 80+ chapters and revenues of over $250M, she served at the national office (White Plains, NY) as a Vice President and Regional Director in Field Management. At the Alzheimer's Association, she served as a Chapter Executive Director, then Regional Director at the national office in Chicago, IL, where she assisted in the implementation of a nationwide strategic restructure initiative to enhance the capacity of a 200+ chapter network with revenues of $150M.

Ms. McDonald possesses Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Rutgers University's School of Social Work, with a concentration in Administration, Policy and Planning, and is a licensed social worker. While at Rutgers, she was the recipient of the Bryan C. Wright Values and Ethics Award and Alumni Leadership Award, and co-developed a volunteer program which linked university students with an elementary school homework center in inner-city Camden, NJ.