Donelle Harder is a senior vice president at Pinkston, where she leads high-profile accounts that are shaping the future of financial services, higher education, energy and other sectors as well as impacting public policy across the nation.
Consulting clients in organizational leadership, strategic messaging and crisis management, her communications plans have allowed clients to successfully overcome complex public dialogue as well as influence policy objectives at the highest levels. Harder’s clients appear as thought leaders in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Economist, FOX News, MSNBC, and more.
Prior to Pinkston, Donelle founded and led her own strategic communications consulting business in the Midwest that serviced more than 20 clients and six employees in less than 2 years until its acquisition. She also previously served as one of four direct reports to Governor Kevin Stitt in the role as Senior Advisor to the Governor's 15-person cabinet and more than 12 state agencies comprised of more than 9,000 individuals and $12 billion in expenditures. Harder first worked with Stitt as an advisor on his historic gubernatorial campaign that launched in Oct. 2017 and ran his successful re-election campaign in 2022.
Harder accrued additional senior leadership experience in Washington, D.C. in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Harder earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and corporate communications from Baylor University, and she and her family share their time between Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C.