Donald has over three decades of experience in politics. His work has combined communications, field, electoral, and advocacy experience. He first became involved in politics at age 18, when he managed and won a school board campaign just outside of Philadelphia. In 1992, Donald joined the Clinton-Gore team, eventually acting as the LGBT outreach coordinator in Philadelphia.
After years of work around the country, Donald settled in the Twin Cities. In 2005, he founded McFarland & Company, a progressive communications and media relations firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While he continues to work around the country, his political focus is on the Upper Midwest. Donald’s work in North Dakota helped pass the Affordable Care Act and financial reform. In Wisconsin, he worked with veterans to stop a damaging mesothelioma bill and with activists to help elect Sen. Tammy Baldwin. In his home state of Minnesota, Donald has previously served as the America Votes State Director, Communications Director for the Minnesota DFL Party and spokesperson for Governor Mark Dayton during the gubernatorial recount.