Donna Graves is a public arts and cultural planner, historian and writer based in Berkeley , California . Graves served as project director for the Rosie the Riveter Memorial: Honoring American Women's Labor During WWII in Richmond , California where she oversaw the development of the first monument to women's contribution to the home front. Since the Memorial’s dedication in 2000, she has worked with the City of Richmond and the National Park Service to develop a new national park about the broader social history of the World War II home front. Ms. Graves received a grant from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program to develop a project documenting the experiences of Richmond ’s Japanese American and Italian American communities during WWII. Other recent projects include organizing a competition to design a monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on San Francisco 's waterfront.
Graves is currently co-project director of Preserving California’s Japantowns, a statewide research project funded by the California State Library and is co-author of the book Sento at Sixth and Main: Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004), which won an EDRA/Places Research Award. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and an M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University .