Donielle Prince has been passionate about the role of mental health and healthy relationships in healing educational inequality for many years. Her passion was inspired by experiences from her own upbringing in the small, predominantly Black, Bay Area community of East Palo Alto, which encountered persistent structural economic disinvestment. Donielle used her education to better understand these conditions, pursuing degrees in psychology and education. She went on to work as a counselor, researcher, and mental health educator. Through this work, Donielle has learned that people are their own best healers and agents of social change, as long as they have the structural and relational supports that they need and deserve.
Donielle has lived in Sacramento for over 10 years, where she has volunteered in community organizing work, including campaigns focused on mental health in education and state anti-violence. Currently, Donielle organizes as a volunteer leader with Sacramento ACT, while employed at the national office for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).