Analyst Profile

Donna Fitzgerald

Donna Fitzgerald

Research VP

10 years at Gartner ,  37 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Donna Fitzgerald focuses her research on strategies and approaches for using program and portfolio management as a way to create unique business value. As a Silicon Valley trained former CFO she brings firsthand experience with making the right investments at the right time in order to realize strategic benefits. As the former partner in a program management consulting firm she has also dealt with the complexities of delivering mission-critical programs using an adaptive/agile approach. She has over 30 years experience in a mix of industries including high tech, higher education, health care and software development.

Areas of Coverage

  • IT Management


Previous Experience

Ms. Fitzgerald has 28 years of experience in the IT industry. Before joining Gartner, she started her career in finance, where she was responsible for the portfolio of development projects (both engineer and IT). She has set up PMOs, built communities of practice and run an agile development shop. She was also a product manager for two software companies, where she was responsible for the development of their project and portfolio management software.

Professional Background

Knowth Consulting, Practice Director, 3 years
Pacific Edge Software, Sr. Director of Product Management, 1 year
Resolute, Development Center Director, 2 years


B.A., Economics, University of California at Davis
M.B.A., California State University at Sacramento