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Women's Museum of California

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17th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

17th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Five San Diego women will be honored at the 17th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2018.  Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.    

Donna Frye

Donna Frye
Spirit of The Women's Hall of Fame

Donna Frye served on the San Diego City Council for nine years, representing the 6th District. She is a passionate community and environmental leader and a strong advocate for women's rights. As a council member, Donna very rarely missed any of the twice-weekly council meetings and served with great honor and passion. For her accomplishments and leadership, Donna is a hero to many San Diegans.

Donna was born in Abington, Pennsylvania and moved to San Diego at a very young age when her father accepted a job with the U.S. Navy. She also spent three years abroad. Upon returning, she spent the rest of her childhood in the community of Clairemont, where she attended elementary and secondary public schools. In her youth, Donna worked in several jobs including retail, equipment rental facilities, a gas station, and a dentist office. She received an Associates of Arts degree from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from National University.

In 1980, Donna met her current husband Skip Frye at a local Mexican restaurant. Skip is a legendary surfer and environmentalist. In the late 1980s, the couple opened a surf shop in Pacific Beach and married in 1990. Donna used this surf shop as an opportunity to encourage residents to become involved in important local issues and participate in the democratic process. She has long been a champion for women’s rights and environmental issues.

In June 2001, Donna was first elected to the San Diego City Council in a special election, defeating Steve Danon, the then chief of staff for county Supervisor Ron Roberts. As a councilmember, Donna worked to increase public participation in local government, provide necessary services to her constituents, strengthen public infrastructure, expand library services, protect the environment, reduce traffic speeds in neighborhoods, and to enhance the lives of San Diegans. Donna is an independent thinker who became a champion for open and honest government that is accountable to constituents. During her service as councilmember, she chaired many committees including the Natural Resources and Culture, the Budget and Finance, and Rules Committees.

Donna Frye, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2011