Donna Hughes

Global Human Resources and Legal Executive
Transformational | Solution Driven | Business-Focused | Relationship Builder

Proven expertise in driving global human capital strategies aligned with short and long-term business objectives, while positioning the organization as an employer of choice. Successful in leading all HR functions. Recognized for building high-performing, collaborative teams to deliver innovative yet practical business-oriented solutions in growing, fast-paced environments. Trusted advisor to CEO, Board of Directors, and executive team with the ability to influence at all levels and drive positive outcomes. Passionate about developing future business and community leaders. Strong legal, business, and financial acumen resulting from progressive leadership roles in the healthcare, life sciences, and retail industries.

Key areas of expertise: 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Design
  • Change Management
  • Performance Management
  • Training and Development
  • Leadership Effectiveness
  • Total Rewards
  • Budget Oversight
  • HR Operations
  • M&A Integration
  • Communications and Crisis Management
  • Global Labor and Employment Law and Compliance

Professional Experience

  • EmblemHealth, New York, NY– One of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, with 3.1 million members and approximately 5,000 employees. EmblemHealth Family of Companies includes health insurer Connecticare, affiliate provider, AdvantageCare Physicians, and other healthcare brands. Union and non-union workforce.
  • Chief Human Resources Officer – Company’s First Enterprise Head of Human Resources– Manage Human Resources team of 50+. Oversee all aspects of human capital management, including talent acquisition, learning and development, total rewards, and diversity and inclusion. Management lead for Board of Directors (BoD) Compensation and Nomination and Governance Committees. Report to the CEO. Manage $7.4M budget.

Education and Licenses:

  • Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, Executive and Professional Education Program,
  • Master’s Certificate – NextGen Human Resource
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Juris Doctor (JD) Rutgers College,
  • Rutgers University, Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Economics, Finance Emphasis
  • Bar Admissions -New Jersey, New York, and Virginia

Board Experience and Community Involvement:

Board of Trustees, Roots & Wings, 2017 – Mar. 2020
Board of Directors, National Employment Law Council, 2009 – 2015
Board of Directors, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, 2001 – 2006