Donna Katzin is the founding Executive Director of Shared Interest, a social investment fund that raises and utilizes grant and loan capital for democratic and sustainable South African community economic development projects. Since its launch in 1994, the fund has benefited more than 1.8 million low-income black South Africans. From 1986 until July of 1994, she served as Director of South Africa and International Justice Programs for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. In that capacity she worked with religious bodies, institutional investors and community organizations to exert economic pressure to end apartheid, promote responsible reinvestment after apartheid, and to advance social criteria for domestic and international lending.
Before joining ICCR, she directed the New Jersey Human Rights Department for District 65, UAW, which launched a statewide anti-apartheid coalition. She also served as an organizer and coordinated the union’s social service program for working members.
Ms. Katzin has worked as a community organizer on housing, bilingual education and childcare, and taught at the City College School of Education. She holds a masters degree in Community Organization and Planning, and a doctorate in Human Services Education and Development. She is a board member of the Thembani International Guarantee Fund in South Africa and the Jewish Funds for Justice in the U.S.
Between 1989 and 2009 she also chaired the board of a sister city project that paired Upper West Side (NY) schools and community organizations with their counterparts in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, and continues to support community development projects there.