Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F
Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center
Atlanta MBDA Business Center
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Donna Ennis, C.P.F is the project director for the Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center and the Atlanta MBDA Business Center at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). Funded by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the MBDA Centers’ mission is to grow and strengthen Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).
A Certified Professional Facilitator, Donna is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, outreach, and operations for both Centers and provides assistance to Center clients in strategic, business and market planning; private and public procurement, finance, operations and business process improvement. Under her leadership, the Center has assisted companies in generating over $1.5 billion in contracts, financing, and sales; creating or retaining more than 5,000 jobs; and launching the MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center. She also spearheaded the establishment of the annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit to bring MBE manufacturers together for partnerships with OEMs and other suppliers.
Donna has more than 35 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, program management, and business development with an emphasis on identifying company needs and matching those needs to the appropriate resources. As the former manager of product marketing and program services for EI2, she directed the marketing strategies and activities for EI2’s Center for International Standards & Quality, Lean Enterprise Services, and the Energy and Environmental Management Center. Trained as a lead auditor for ISO 9001:2008, she helped companies determine their business process improvement needs and provided specific direction for clients who implemented management systems and lean techniques as part of their business strategies.
Donna received her Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a B.S. in communications from Boston University. She was selected as one of Georgia Tech’s 2015 Faces of Inclusive Excellence, is an awardee of the Georgia Tech Women Out Front program, and has been named one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Donna is on the Board of Advisors of Enhanced Capital and the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association. A native of Washington, D.C., Donna is the proud mother of daughter Adenike Makinde.