Leadership & Staff

Cadonna Dory

Director of Communications

Cadonna Dory is director of communications for the Children’s Defense Fund–California. Cadonna role is to create, implement and oversee communications to effectively describe and promote CDF-CA programs and policies.

Prior to joining CDF-CA, Cadonna worked on programs and communications for Social Action Partners, an organization dedicated to helping others build capacity to strengthen the nonprofit infrastructure in low-income communities. There, she helped develop a communications strategy for Building Healthy Communities-South Los Angeles, a 10-year initiative of The California Endowment. Cadonna worked closely with 30+ organizations in South Los Angeles, often assisting organizations with media relations efforts. Her knowledge of media comes from 10 years of working as a journalist for organizations like The Associated Press, The Arizona Republic and The Press-Enterprise. At the latter publications, she covered children and education issues.

Cadonna has a Master’s in Communications Management from the University of Southern California with a focus in strategic communications and marketing. Her time at USC culminated with a well-researched thesis on how essential components of a strategic communications plan can impact the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofits. Cadonna received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Arizona State University and lives in Los Angeles.

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