Trendsetter to Know: Public Safety Communications Director Donna Rossi

Name: Donna Rossi

Twitter: @drossiaz


Instagram:  @drossiaz

Age: 60

Title: Official: Public Safety Communications Director City of Buckeye 

Married/Single: Single

Kids: no biological children but lots of great young people in my life!

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… waking up thanking God for another day of my blessed life, checking in with loved ones,  and doing something for someone else. 

I was born… during Hurricane Donna on Long Island… and my mom said to her dying day that that was “very fitting.”  

My favorite thing about Arizona… being able to snow ski on a Saturday in March and water ski on the following Sunday at a Phoenix-area lake. 

I’m listening to… CNN – typical news junkie. 

My family… is freaking amazing and proud of our strong Italian heritage. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… my mom. One more dinner with my mom would be incredible. 

One thing I cannot live without… music. 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… on Broadway in musical theatre.

I’m inspired by… those who are willing to put others first. 

The one person who motivates me is… my brother. He has touched, changed, and positively impacted so many lives in his 4 decades in education, and he humbly doesn’t think he has made a difference.   

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… the hate, bias and judgment that exists. 

The perfect day would be… the one I am living. That’s true, but now that you’re done rolling your eyes I will say; waking up at the beach, and spending the day exercising, reading and cooking something yummy. 

My first job was… teaching swimming lessons from 6 mos to adults for the YMCA in my neighborhood. 

My favorite escape… is the beach.

My life… is blessed beyond belief.

I’m currently working on… a graduate certificate in Crisis Communications. 

Always… make time for those you love and try focus on what you have not what is lacking. 

Never… go to bed angry or leave the house or someone you love angry. 

Favorite Quote… “Live with passion.”  “Vivere con passione” in Italian! 

Biggest Dream… to have a second home on the beach to share with family and loved ones. 

My Pet Peeve(s)… INJUSTICE! Also slackers, apathy, and arrogance.

More About Donna Rossi:
I spent 30 years in television news as a hard news/investigative reporter, the last 24 at CBS 5 News in Phoenix.  Prior to that, I spend four years as a Phoenix Police officer patrolling the street of south Phoenix. When I retired from news in 2018, I was blessed with the opportunity to meld both of my loves, communication and the law, and work for the Buckeye Police and Fire Departments building a communications division from the ground up. I have a love of the arts and I live with passion. 

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