Mrs. Donna C. McLarty
Vice Chair and Founding Member
Vital Voices Global Partnership
A longtime advocate for dialogue and understanding among peoples of different cultures, faiths, and backgrounds, Donna Cochran McLarty is a leader in national and international efforts to support women, children, and families, and an active supporter of the arts, humanities, and historic preservation.
Mrs. McLarty was a Founding Member and Board Chair of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nongovernmental organization that identifies trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. Currently she serves on the Executive Committee and as a liaison with the Clinton School of Public Service.
As a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Mrs. McLarty was active in many aspects of the Center’s operations and outreach, conceiving and co-chairing the multi-year, AmericArtes festival that featured the varied and rich arts and culture of Latin America. She continues to serve as a member of the Kennedy Center’s International Committee on the Arts.
Her commitment to cross-cultural understanding is reflected in many dimensions of her work, from promoting interfaith dialogue to encouraging international education. She is also on the board of Wesley Theological Seminary, where she chairs the Global Initiatives Council, which strives to broaden the seminary’s international character and develop in its students an understanding of and appreciation for other religions.
As a member of the Clinton Foundation and an advisor to the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, Mrs. McLarty has contributed to the success of the international speakers program and has facilitated work-study opportunities for students. She and her husband Thomas F. McLarty III have also endowed a study abroad scholarship program at the University of Arkansas for young men and women who would not otherwise have the resources to study foreign business and politics first-hand.
She was awarded the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award jointly with her husband, and was also awarded the Arkansas Community Service Award for her work with non-profit organizations.