Dora O’Donnell

Senior Validation Associate

A native Washingtonian, Dora graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in Cannes, France where she was able to travel, become fluent in French and be a part of the international film festival. After graduating college, Dora worked as an Assistant Director at a campaign firm in DC, fundraising for organizations like Planned Parenthood. Before starting at CAF America, she also worked as an intern at various nonprofits, where she assisted programs that aided global economic and agricultural development as well as providing financial assistance for military families.

What inspires me to do what I do
At CAF America, I am immersed in a lot of things I love: team work & collaboration, customer service, research, philanthropy, nonprofits and international studies. I consider myself lucky to be in a position where I come to work to help people help others.

Nicknames
Dorito, DD, …Dora the explorer

Book that moved me
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

A person I’d love to meet
Ellen DeGeneres or Michael Scott

Likes
Eating, travel, reading, hiking, biking, music, jewelry, free stuff

Slogans for life
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Guilty pleasure
Bubble tea/French Fries/The Bachelor

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I love pulling off pranks (not on coworkers)

Thing that really baffles me
People who love Taco Bell/People who are able to commute multiple hours everyday

Favorite meal
I love food too much to pick one thing.  It’s a close tie between a good burger and fries, classic, and something more adventurous like Iskender kebob, Green Curry, or some Korean BBQ.

Random fact about me
I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim (in Converse shoes, too!) and through Glacier National Park with my Dad

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