Erika Donalds

  • Title: President & CEO, The Optima Foundation, Inc.
  • Industry: Finance
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Erika Donalds is a finance professional with a passion for education. She has offered her expertise in business and finance to help further the expansion of high quality school choice options and to improve accountability and governance in Florida’s public schools.

Erika is Chief Financial Officer/Chief Compliance Officer and Partner at DGHM​, an investment management firm. She has been with the company since 2002 and is responsible for the finance, compliance, and operations, in addition to serving on the firm’s Management Committee. In 2014, Erika was named one of Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40-Under-40.

Erika was elected to the Collier County School Board in 2014. During her tenure, she co-founded the Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM), and served as the group’s President from 2015-2016. In 2017, Erika was appointed to Florida’s 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) and served as the Chair of its Local Government Committee. She was also a member of the CRC’s Rules, Education, and Declaration of Rights Committees. She is currently a founding board member at Treasure Coast Classical Academy, a Hillsdale College public charter school in Martin County.

Erika holds a BS in Accounting from Florida State University and a Masters in Accountancy from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Erika and her husband Byron have lived in Naples since 2002 and have three school-age sons – Damon, Darin, & Mason.

Erika is a member of the Job Creators Network National Women’s Coalition.