Donna Rice Hughes
Social Entrepreneur, Internet Safety Expert, Advocate, Author, Speaker, Media Commentator, Filmmaker
CEO and President, Enough Is Enough® (EIE), a national non-partisan, secular, non-profit organization whose mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families.
Founders Award (2015), National Center on Sexual Exploitation; The Professional Women in Advocacy 2014 Excellence In Advocacy Award for "Veteran Practitioner"; The Women in Technology (WIT) 2013 Leadership Award for "Social Impact"; Emmy Award as Executive Producer/Producer of The PBS/EIE Internet Safety 101® Television Series (2012); Emmy nomination in the Program Host/Moderator category;
Since 1994, Donna has given over 4,500 media interviews on Internet harms to children promoted Internet safety regarding pornography, sexual predators, online gaming, cyberbulling, sexting, social media and other dangers. Major news outlets featuring Donna include The Today Show, FOX News Shows, CNN, Headline News, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, 20/20, Dateline, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, People Magazine, McCalls, Time, Newsweek, Today's Christian Woman, World Magazine, and Parenting Magazine. Author of numerous commentaries in major news publications including USA Today, LA Times, Washington Times, Foxnews.com and Miami Herald. Enough Is Enough Board of Directors (2002-Present) (Board Chairman 2003- 2010), MySpace Advisory Board (2006-2009), Internet Safety Technical Task Force in cooperation with the U.S. Attorneys General (2008), Virginia Attorney General's Youth Internet Safety Task Force (2006); National House of Hope Board of Directors (1998-99); Child Online Protection Act Commissioner (1998), Testified numerous times before various committees of the United States House of Representatives and Senate. Professional speaker to family, education, industry, and faith based groups.
In 1994, she introduced the issue of Internet safety and emerged as the national voice for the prevention of Internet- initiated sexual exploitation of children. She led EIE's development of a three-pronged strategy of the public, the technology industry and legal community sharing the responsibility to protect children online from pornography, child pornography and sexual predators. This strategy was adopted by industry and governments worldwide. She led the proposal and advocacy of key bi-partisan legislation in the nineties to protect children from Internet pornography, sexual predators and other dangers. (Communications Decency Act, Child Online Protection Act, Children's Internet Protection Act, Child Pornography Prevention Act); Donna served on the Executive Committee of the first Children's Internet Safety Summit in 1997 and led the adoption of the Internet industry's "ZERO Tolerance" policy against child pornography, endorsed by the White House and DOJ; Executive Producer and Host of EIE's Internet Safety 101® DVD series (3 Telly Awards), Creator/Author /Producer of EIE's Internet Safety 101® Multimedia Program (DVD series/Workbook & Resource Guide/ Rules 'N Tools® booklet) in partnership with U.S. Department of Justice. The 101 Program was the first comprehensive Internet safety curriculum designed for parents and caregivers to educate, equip, and empower parents, educators and caregivers to protect youth from pornography, sexual predators and cyber bullies, and to keep them safe on social networking sites, gaming and mobile devices; Author, Kids Online, Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace (Baker Books,1998); Story co-writer, Touched By an Angel TV Series (2000 Season Finale) which brought the message of online sexual predators and Internet safety to primetime television and won Neilson ratings in its time slot during May sweeps. Creator of www.enough.org, www.internetsafety101.org, www.friendlywifi.org.
B.S. Biology (Pre-med) with a minor focus in Business Administration. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Outstanding Senior Award, University of South Carolina (USC), 1980. USC Varsity cheerleader captain 1978-80.