Donna is an adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver and Western Oregon University Monmouth. With a PhD in Urban Studies and a focus on policy, she teaches US history, environmental history, gender issues in history. Her specialty area is public history. Sinclair is an oral historian, making a living through interviewing, writing, teaching and piecing life together.

When the world changed dramatically in 2016, Dr. Sinclair began to look around, realized what was happening in her community and decided to get more involved. As an educator, running for the Washougal School Board was the appropriate course of action. She was elected in 2017 and served one 4-year term.

Shortly after her term ended, Donna reflected on her experience, the unusual challenges placed on the district by COVID, and the relationship between the state government and local school districts.