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Donna Fraiche

Donna Fraiche

Donna Fraiche

New Orleans, Louisiana


 

Fraiche, of New Orleans, Louisiana, chairs the governance and nominating committee at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and chairs its Women’s Initiative. She is Honorary Consul General of Japan at New Orleans, Chair of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, President of the Louisiana chapter of Appleseed, dedicated to building a just society through legal, legislative and institutional structural reform through pro bono legal and public policy efforts and President of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society. Fraiche served as the first woman president of the organization now known as the American Health Lawyers Association and is a past Chair of the Board of Loyola University New Orleans.

She testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery as to the status of recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during a hearing entitled, “GAO’s Analysis of the Gulf Coast Recovery: A Dialogue on Removing Obstacles to the Recovery Effort.” She served as Chair of the Louisiana Office of State Planning Task Force. In 2007, Fraiche was recognized by The Baton Rouge Business Report as one of its Influential Women in Business; received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planners Association; received the Louisiana Association of Non-profit Organizations’ Heroine Award; and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. In 2006, Loyola University New Orleans presented her with its Integritas Vitae award, the University's highest honor. In 2004, she received the President's Award from the New Orleans Bar Association. Nightingale’s Healthcare News named her as one of ten Outstanding Hospital Lawyers in the United States for 2005.

Fraiche served as President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation; served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University and delivered the commencement address at the Law School graduation in 2001. She served as President and Chair of the World Trade Center and received the prestigious Order of the Mark. She is a former Chair and President of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. She has appeared before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress testifying at a hearing entitled “Structure of the Hospital Industry in the 21st Century.” She served on the Joint Commission’s Leadership Accountabilities Task Force.