Donna Gallup, MSW, LSW

Assistant Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2766
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For the past 20 years, Donna Gallup, Ed.D. (cand.), has worked extensively with special needs populations: homeless, adults with mental illness, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and adults with chronic health conditions and addictions. From 2014-17, she was CEO and president of American Family Housing, establishing a visionary concept for Potters Lane, the nation’s award-winning and first permanent housing complex (16-unit) for homeless veterans built with shipping containers. Gallup received the 2013 ACLU Bill of Rights Award, as well as Orange County’s 100 Most Influential People Award in 2015 and 2016, and was nominated in 2016 and 2017 for the Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. In addition to her extensive nonprofit leadership career, Gallup also worked as a field faculty member for Rutgers’ and Fordham’s social work programs. Her academic interests are to develop social work leaders and address homelessness through housing innovation.


  • Ed.D. (Cand.), Organizational Change and Leadership, University of Southern California
  • MSW, New York University
  • B.S., Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 534 – Field Seminar III
  • SOCW 552 – Program Planning and Evaluation