Nick Donohue
President and CEO


  • Achievement gap
  • Education reform

Nicholas C. Donohue is president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, leading efforts to reshape New England’s public education systems to be more equitable and more effective for all learners. Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Donohue was a special master at Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he oversaw implementation of the Rhode Island commissioner of education’s order to reconstitute the school. Donohue was also commissioner of education in New Hampshire. Throughout his career, Donohue has championed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality learning opportunities for all learners, especially those who are underserved. In 2015, Donohue was named as one of the “50 People Shaping the Future of K-12 Education” by Getting Smart, an organization and online community focused on accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning. Donohue serves on the boards of directors for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Grantmakers for Education. Donohue holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.