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Donielle Rooks

Director, Legal Operations

Donielle Rooks is the Director of Legal Operations at FoundationCCC.

Donielle manages and facilitates various legal operations to support all FoundationCCC programs. She collaborates with departmental leadership within budget management, annual planning, contract management, and regulatory practices. As a director, Donielle strives to build strong partnerships across the organization and with external partners to make the most collective impact. Donielle’s goal is that the work benefits both the students and the FoundationCCC community.

FoundationCCC Highlights

  • Led the digitization of documents and the implementation of workflows within the contract management system to create greater efficiencies and capacity. 
  • Adapted and initiated the departmental Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) reading and discussion groups, which are now led by other department leaders and have expanded to include other departments. Led a DEI policy audit review in partnership with HR and Executives.

Before joining the FoundationCCC, Donielle began working as a State Field Representative in Connecticut, where she was responsible for program planning, monitoring, and providing technical assistance for statewide Caregiver, Medicare, and Medicaid fraud programs. She continued as a Grants and Contracts Specialist with the UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she was responsible for reviewing research grants for federal and private compliance and negotiating terms and conditions of contracts. In California, Donielle worked with the CA Coverage & Health Care Initiative, providing management and coordination to the Affordable Care Act school-based outreach and enrollment partnership campaign. 

Donielle holds a B.S.W. from McDaniel College, and a M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She also completed the Nonprofit Risk Management Center’s Emerging Risk Leaders Certificate Program and the AALRR Law Corporation’s Cultural Competency & Sensitivity Training.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project Management 
  • Contract Management 
  • Organizational Development