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Donna Childs

2020 Fellow

Founder and CEO, Prisere LLC

Donna Childs
Cranston, RI, United States

About Donna

Donna is the Founder and CEO of Prisere LLC. Prisere develops software applications and technical training as tools for risk mapping, risk modeling and risk communications to better enable businesses to both prepare for natural and climate change related disasters and be able to recover more quickly through increased resilience. Their work results in social and environmental improvements and aims to change the paradigm of disaster resilience. As incumbent companies are saddled with legacy costs, Prisere disrupts the industry by developing new tools to reduce and insure risk, and aspires to develop sustainable communities with thriving ecosystems of dynamic small and mid-sized enterprises. The combination of Prisere’s highly specialized professional reinsurance experience (with fewer than a dozen companies accounting for 80% of the global market) and personal experience of disaster offer unique value to its clients. Prisere’s clients include the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and its Climate Lab. In the past five years, Prisere has delivered projects in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Jamaica and Turkey. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University, a Master of Arts in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business Administration. She is experienced in strategic planning, communications and risk management and is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Insurance Supper Club and Yale Alumni Club.


What Donna hopes to gain from the VV GROW Fellowship:

Donna is looking forward to being a part of the supportive network. She would also like to improve the structure in her current marketing scheme and better plan for marketing activities.

What Donna can offer other fellows:

Donna can help others to build platforms with media as subject matter experts and also help them grow a media exposure profile. She is eager to learn about the experience of others with disaster resilience in the cohort.

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Twitter (business): @prisere

Twitter (personal): @DChilds2