Don St. Clair


Don is a communication, leadership, and strategy consultant who works with education, government, nonprofit, and small businesses.


His specialties include:

  • Communication and marketing
  • Strategy development and execution
  • Community engagement
  • Innovation
  • Branding and positioning
  • Leadership development
  • Not-for-profit capacity building

As an executive, Don has led successful branding and positioning initiatives at universities in California, Illinois, and Indiana. Clients include VEDC, Burbank (CA) Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of the Verdugos, City of Rosemead (CA), City of San Gabriel (CA), City of Glendale (CA) Commission on the Status of Women, City of Pico Rivera (CA), City of Norco (CA), California Planning Roundtable, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union, Counterintuity, Woodbury University, Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed), and the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission).

Don’s leadership role in greater Los Angeles included serving as board chair of the Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed), an alliance of 145 business groups representing 250,000-plus employers. During his time as board chair of VEDC, the premiere community development financial institution (CDFI) in the United States, the organization increased its balance sheet five-fold and expanded from Southern California to Chicago, New York, and Nevada. He also served as chair of the board of the Nevada Microenterprise Initiative, served on the board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), and is past chair of the board of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Don was chair of the Burbank YMCA and served on the finance committee of the board of Providence Health and Services.

Don’s career in higher education included significant work in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Don is a founding faculty member of the organizational leadership department at Woodbury University and teaches graduate courses in leadership, innovation, organizational change, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and communication. He serves as a facilitator for leadership academies in the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena, and as a facilitator for the community leadership development program, Leadership Burbank. He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.