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This profile was last updated on 6/13/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.


Development & Strategic Partnerships

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • master's degree , urban planning and public policy
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Master , Urban Planning and Public Policy
    University of Illinois at Chicago
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Donna Cavato, Director of ..., 13 June 2013 [cached]
Donna Cavato, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Donna Cavato Originally from Chicago, Donna moved to New Orleans and has called it home since 2000. With over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Chicago and New Orleans, Donna was the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of New Orleans and Founding Director of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, a comprehensive, hands-on food education program at FirstLine Schools. Donna joined the Agenda for Children team in 2012, co-chaired the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee on Cafeteria Reform, and is on the advisory council for Grow Dat Youth Farm. Donna holds a Master's in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans - History, 9 Aug 2015 [cached]
The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation and the Octavia Foundation provided the first contributions to develop the garden and the first ESY director, Donna Cavato, was hired to develop the program.
The James Beard Foundation: ..., 20 May 2010 [cached]
The James Beard Foundation: Donna Cavato featured in "Jobs We Love"
We contacted with the program's founding director, Donna Cavato, to hear about her work and why she's optimistic about America's eating habits.
Read the full interview with our executive director on the James Beard Foundation website
Donna Cavato, Program Director
Donna has 15 years experience in successful program development and project management. This includes the development and implementation of Sow & Grow: A Schoolyard Gardening Program in the New Orleans Public Schools, and the Kids' Café Teaching Garden. In addition, she has worked on multiple entrepreneurial projects, including developing garden-based business ventures such as the St. Thomas 7-Pepper Hot Sauce project. Prior to her non-profit experience, she worked as a professional cook and caterer. She holds a master's degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Donna is thrilled to be leading the development of The Edible Schoolyard at Green Charter School as it provides a way to share her lifelong passions of gardening, cooking and eating with the next generation of New Orleanians.
ESYNOLA | Contact, 16 Dec 2011 [cached]
"On behalf of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, we are so honored to have been awarded $5,000 from Birds Eye," said Donna Cavato, Executive Director of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.
Donna Cavato
Executive Director
FirstLine Schools - FirstLine Schools Leadership, 28 Oct 2014 [cached]
Donna Cavato, Director of Culture and Wellness
Originally from Chicago, Donna found her true home in New Orleans fourteen years ago. Donna first joined FirstLine Schools in 2006 as the Founding Director of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. She holds a Master's of Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and brings 25 years of experience in non-profit management and youth and community program development to FirstLine. Being part of the process to develop the potential and aspirations of our students is what inspires her to do this work. She believes that when we are successful at creating great schools for all children, our city will be forever changed for the better.
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