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Harriet Karr McDonald

Harriet Karr McDonald

Title: President
Company: The Doe Fund
Location: New York, New York, United States

Harriet Karr McDonald, president at the Doe Fund, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of homelessness advocacy.

Recognized for more than 30 years of contributions to the field of homelessness activism, Ms. McDonald has distinguished herself as the president of the Doe Fund, also known as the Ready, Willing and Able program, since 2021. Founded in 1990, the Doe Fund seeks to address the epidemic of homelessness and criminal recidivism via social justice programs that center on the importance of economic equity. Ever since Ms. McDonald joined the organization at the time of its establishment, the Doe Fund has helped more than 28,000 people.

Ms. McDonald initially became involved in activism after working as a Hollywood screenwriter and actress during the 1980s. She had been hired to write a screenplay about a young woman named April, who lived under the tracks of Grand Central Terminal. Following her tragic suicide, Ms. McDonald attended April’s funeral, where she met her future husband and partner in the Doe Fund – George – a fellow advocate on behalf of the homeless. Following their marriage, they established the Ready, Willing and Able program, which has gone on to reduce recidivism by more than 60% among ex-convicts, provide affordable housing and offered paid work to the homeless for over three decades.

Among her career highlights, Ms. McDonald is most proud to have served as a shining example of the power of social activism, for which she has earned various awards from the city and state of New York. She credits her success on her fearlessness and extraordinary tenacity, as well as her attention to the needs of others. Looking toward the future, Ms. McDonald hopes to continue upholding the legacy of her dearly departed husband and adapting to future changes in the economic conditions of the United States.

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