Donna D. Fraiche founded the New Orleans office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz where she chaired its Nominating Committee and its Women’s Initiative. Ms. Fraiche chaired the Louisiana Health Care Commission from 1998 to 2015, and served on the Louisiana Legislature’s Task Force on the Working Uninsured. She served as the first woman president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and was chosen for their first class of Fellows.
Ms. Fraiche is the Co-Chair of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s Transition team. Currently, she is on the Boards of The Center for Planning Excellence, Woman’s Hospital and serves on three publically traded corporate boards. She serves on the American Hospital Association’s Council on Governance. Ms. Fraiche is the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans.
She was a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority; chaired its Long Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative.
Ms. Fraiche served as Chair of the Board of Loyola University, received the Integritas Vitae award, Loyola’s highest honor, and has delivered the commencement address at the Law School. Ms. Fraiche has received the LSU Esprit de Femme award, and has been recognized by City Business in their Women’s Hall of Fame. She is currently on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and a number of other Boards and civic associations. She is also an appointee to the Board of Louisiana Life & Health Guaranty Association.
She has served as President of the World Trade Center, Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, President of Louisiana Appleseed and on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Administration as a preceptor for the residency program in health systems management.
The Louisiana Bar Foundation has named her the 2017 Distinguished Lawyer for the state. She received the 2012 Weiss Award by the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice, formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Baton Rouge Business Report designated Ms. Fraiche as an Influential Woman in Business. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planners Association; the Louisiana Association of Non-profit Organizations’ Heroine Award; and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. She is a member of the International Woman’s Forum.