Portrait of Francesca Donner

Francesca Donner

Francesca Donner is director of the newly-launched Gender Initiative at the New York Times. In its first few months, the Gender Initiative has focused and continues to focus – on the sexual harassment scandals breaking across the world, launching The #MeToo Moment newsletter, in response to the recent waves of news. Francesca is responsible for setting and executing the strategic vision of the Gender Initiative.

Previously, Francesca was the director of Times Insider, a New York Times initiative designed to take readers behind the scenes of Times journalism while elevating a culture of candour and transparency. 

Before she joined the Times, Francesca was a deputy editor at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the business of management and worked on digital newsroom strategy. 

Francesca grew up in the UK, is a graduate of Stanford and Brown universities in the U.S. and lives in New York City.