Donna Ronzone

Donna Ronzone

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation has elected former Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Donna Ronzone to its Board of Directors.

Ronzone is a life-long educator. She began her career in education on the East Coast as a library media specialist and transitioned to teaching. She then moved into administrative roles until she landed on the West Coast as the director of special education for Briggs Elementary School District in Ventura County.

In 2004, Ronzone joined Santa Barbara Unified School District, where she spent 14 years as principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, and later as the director of visual and performing arts and director of assessment and accountability until her retirement in 2018.

Ronzone holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in library and information science from Drexel University, and a bachelor of science in secondary education and an elementary teaching credential from St. Joseph’s University.

“My guiding principle in my work as a classroom teacher and school site leader is that a classroom, a school site, or a district is as effective as the success they have been able to achieve in meeting the needs of their most vulnerable students as well as all of the students in their care,” Ronzone said.

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system, serving 14,500 students in 21 schools. For more information, visit