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Donna Myers Ambrogi

Donna Ambrogi accepting a CANHR Advocate award

Donna and Tom Ambrogi

– In Memory –


With great sadness, CANHR mourns the death of Donna Myers Ambrogi, who died at her home in Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California.

Donna was a close personal friend, a colleague and an inspiration. CANHR (BANHR) was born in the Ambrogi living room in San Francisco in 1983. She was one of the founders and first Board members of BANHR, while also founding and heading up the California Law Center for Long Term Care (CALTC). She was a brilliant, passionate social justice warrior for all of her adult life.

With her husband, Tom Ambrogi, Donna travelled the world working for social justice, including working for the first democratic election in South Africa that elected Nelson Mandela. Among many pieces of legislation spearheaded by Donna, was the first nursing home admission agreement law in California that extended the rights of nursing home residents upon admission.

Upon her “retirement” and move to Pilgrim Place, she was elected to the California Senior Legislature, served on CANHR’s Board of Directors and the Pilgrim Place Board and helped start a regional Medicare HMO – all of which involved improving the lives of others. Donna was a light that never stopped shining, and she leaves a void for those of us who knew her. Thank you, Donna, for sharing your advocacy and life with us.