DONNA CARTWRIGHT is a REALTOR® Associate with Re/Max Estate Properties in Palos Verdes Estates and a Palos Verdes Peninsula native. She is a Certified "Senior Real Estate Specialist" (SRES), Certified "First-Time Home Buyer Specialist," "Certified Transaction Coordinator" (CTC), and a “Palos Verdes Specialist” (PVS), who represents clients in the acquisitions and dispositions of luxury real estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, throughout the South Bay beach cities, and all over Southern CA.
Licensed since 2004, Donna started her professional real estate career with Keller Williams Realty West where she was a Top Producer. Known for her consultative approach and free seminars on relevant real estate topics, Donna gained clients who valued her diligence, dedication, and resourcefulness. In 2009 Donna earned her Broker’s license and worked as a Broker Associate for First Manhattan Realtors in Manhattan Beach. Donna was the Office Administrator at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates and while there she learned most everything about operations and the back-end of transactions. Donna missed working directly with the public and her clients, so she re-activated her license in 2017.
Donna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting, earned from the University of San Diego (USD). Her application of numbers and attention to details have been an asset in all her business endeavors.
As an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) under the Department of Defense (DoD), Donna spent her early post college years auditing multi-billion-dollar contracts and price proposals, where her audit opinions & findings were a vital source of support in contract negotiations with companies, such as; Rand Corp., Teledyne Inc., Teledyne Controls, Hughes Corp., and R&D Associates.
As an internal auditor & consultant for her family-owned, multimillion-dollar, 1,900-employee DirecTV Sales & Installation company, Donna’s analysis and findings were vital to contract negotiations. Additionally, her flare for design & decorating combined with her home staging experience were utilized for the marketing and the grand openings of the company’s retail operations in Redondo Beach and The Grove.
Donna has been a CA Licensed Professional School Teacher since 1993, working for almost a decade for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) as a 3rd grade teacher and as a Reading Specialist also for the MBUSD. Her love for children and education is evident and her ability to explain complex topics and simplify them is a gift that comes naturally to her.
Donna was raised in Rolling Hills Estates until attending USD in San Diego. Upon graduating, Donna moved to Manhattan Beach. Then, after 10 years of residency she decided to return to Palos Verdes to raise her two sons so they could have a similar upbringing that only Palos Verdes can offer. Donna is a true native that will always call Palos Verdes home.