Donna Kirkland

Newark native Donna Kirkland joined The Trust for Public Land in 2006 as an intern for the Parks for People - Newark program and became a full-time staffer a year later. Kirkland engages youth and community members in participatory design and long-term stewardship of The Trust for Public Land’s completed and future parks and playgrounds. She works closely with community-based committees at project sites to help them grow into their role as local stewards. She is also a liaison with schools, local government, police, and other organizations. Kirkland’s experience includes hospice work, running summer art programs, teaching children with behavioral challenges, Art Director for Street Warriors, Inc., Girl Scout team leader, and American Cancer Society Relay for Life team leader.

Newark native Donna Kirkland joined The Trust for Public Land in 2006 as an intern for the Parks for People - Newark program and became a full-time staffer a year later. Kirkland engages youth and community members in participatory design and long-term stewardship of The Trust for Public Land’s completed and future parks and playgrounds. She works closely with community-based committees at project sites to help them grow into their role as local stewards. She is also a liaison with schools, local government, police, and other organizations.

Kirkland’s experience includes hospice work, running summer art programs, teaching children with behavioral challenges, Art Director for Street Warriors, Inc., Girl Scout team leader, and American Cancer Society Relay for Life team leader.