Donna M. Beegle

President at Communication Across Barriers

P.O. Box 23071, Portland, Oregon, United States
Communication Across Barriers
HQ Phone:
(503) 590-4599
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Last Updated 10/12/2017

General Information


Doctoral Degree  - Portland State University

Ed.D  - 

Master's degree  - Communication , 

associate's degree  - Mt. Hood Community College

bachelor's degree  - communications , University of Portland

doctorate in education  - leadership , Portland State University


School Board Member  - Tennesse

Member  - Western Region Education Service Alliance

Board Member  - American Association of Service Coordinators

Board Member  - Amarillo Area Foundation

Founder  - Poverty Institute

Board Member  - PovertyBridge Opportunity Community

Founder  - Opportunity Community Model

US Secretary  - Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros

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Empowering Families Facing Poverty Barriers: Annual CAPC Conference

Keynote speaker is Dr. Donna Beegle, President of Communication Across Barriers
Dr. Donna Beegle, Director of Communication Across Barriers and Keynote Speaker of "Empowering Families Facing Poverty Barriers" Conference hosted by Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her GED and advance through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, faith-based communities, business leaders, elected officials, and others who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 27 years, Dr. Beegle's work has spread by word of mouth to all 50 states and six countries. She is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty. Her inspiring story and work have been featured on CNN and PBS and in publications around the nation. Dr. Beegle has authored four books and training curriculum sets, including See Poverty...Be the Difference, An Action Approach for Educating Students in Poverty, Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice, and If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering Our Neighbors. Dr. Beegle has the distinction of being selected as speaker of the year for the New Mexico Bar Foundation and chosen as a Woodrow Wilson Princeton Fellow. In addition, she has had two classrooms in the Portland State University School of Social Work named in her honor.

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CAB Leadership and Staff | Communication Across Barriers

Dr. Donna M. Beegle (President)

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Donna Beegle
is a highly experienced National public speaker and the author of See Poverty, Be The Difference, a resource book for professionals who work with people in poverty. Donna has worked and written articles providing insights and strategies for communicating more effectively across race, class, gender and generational barriers. Donna is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. After growing up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty, she found herself, at 25, with no husband, little education, and no job skills. What followed in 10 short years were: self-confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) in Communications, a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree. Donna completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Portland State University in 2000, where she taught speech communication courses for eight years. She is currently president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm devoted to improving communication and relationships. Donna is also founder of the new nonprofit, Poverty Bridge which is dedicated to changing lives for people in poverty

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