Donna Bratton-Kearns began working with The Congress of Neutrals soon after it was formed in 2001, joining the Board of Directors and serving there for many years. She has mediated cases in all five of the civil courts, focusing now in Martinez, primarily on small claims and civil harassment cases. As a well-experienced mediator, Donna devotes quite a bit of time to our Mediator Mentoring Program, and enjoys mentoring future mediators.

Donna’s background has been a weaving of public health and law over the span of her professional years.  Donna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Human Biology and Spanish and a Masters Degree in Public Health from UCLA with an emphasis in population, family, & international health. In 1995 she received her JD from JFK University and then returned to a healthcare position in risk management with a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution. Donna was one of the first mediators to join when The Congress of Neutrals was formed.

Donna remembers one of her most challenging and gratifying cases being a Civil Harassment matter involving minor students, their parents, counsel for each side, and school board officials. The issues were complex and the impact of a potential restraining order was of substantial concern. After several hours a detailed settlement was achieved that Donna was happy to have been a part of. Donna and her husband Dave just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary and enjoy taking advantage of any chance they can to visit their two grown daughters who reside currently on the east coast with their spouses.

Thank you, Donna, for all your hard work and dedication to The Congress of Neutrals!