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Donna Sternberg

b. December 16, 1943

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Donna Sternberg until we are able to commission a full entry.

Photo of Donna Sternberg.

Courtesy of Donna Sternberg.

A passionate supporter of Israel with decades of experience in fundraising for others, Donna Sternberg helped raise almost half a million dollars in aid to help her own community recover from Hurricane Katrina. Sternberg graduated from the University of Texas before training at the Columbia School of International Affairs. She got her start in business in 1967, when she married, moved to Baton Rouge, and began working in her husband’s family business, Goudchaux’s department store, as a merchandise manager. In 1982 the couple acquired the Maison Blanche chain of department stores, and Sternberg served as vice president. She then created a new business with her husband, Starmount Life Insurance, and as of 2015 serves as owner and executive vice president. Sternberg has been active in numerous political campaigns, including those of President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush, and Senator Mary Landrieu. Alongside this dedication to politics and her career, Sternberg has been a longtime supporter of Israel. She and her husband founded Greater Baton Rouge chapter of the Jewish Federation soon after the Six-Day War and became active in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), serving on AIPAC’s national board since 1996. After Katrina, Sternberg used her connections to mobilize aid from across the country and help local leaders offer funds, supplies, and counseling to survivors.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Donna Sternberg." (Viewed on October 2, 2023) <>.


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