Doni Belau launched Girls’ Guide to Paris in September of 2009, a travel website and guide about everything Paris related.
Before the travel business overtook her life, Doni was a fundraiser, an activist, and a political and not-for-profit consultant. She served on President Obama’s first national finance committee back in 2007/2008, one of the first women invited on to that committee. In early 2001-2012, Doni worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Riverkeeper, the environmental organization, spearheading a Close Indian Point project.
In 2006, Doni encouraged her young friend Whitney Johnson to start Generation Ubuntu and together they conceived the idea of creating an organization that would help, assist and empower children and young adults who have HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Previous to her not for profit and political work, Ms. Belau worked professionally in media and advertising, producing television commercials for approximately 8 years. She has taught at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and has been a Democratic district leader in Bedford, NY. She was a former board member of Riverkeeper and serves on the advisory board and is co-founder of Generation Ubuntu.
Doni Belau grew up in the small town of Fremont, Nebraska. She is married and has two children ages 25 and 21. She attended UCLA and she divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, her house near Bordeaux and Paris, her favorite city.