Brunell Donald and her husband, Rashid Kyei have 3 children. She worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Illinois and later joined the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. In 2009 she started her private practice as a criminal defense attorney.
Her passion for public service, social injustice and ethical leadership started at a young age. At the young age of 10, she witnessed her mother become a fatal victim to a senseless act of violence.
It was, at times tougher than others. Vowing to keep the promise to her mother to stay in school, in 1993 she graduated from Aurora West High School and enrolled in Northern Illinois University.
Still coping with the loss of her mother and facing financial problems she reached out to her mentor Dr. Phillip Jacobson for support and with his help she emerged victorious.
Affectionately known as “Golden Dialect” she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Zeta Nu Chapter, in October 1996. She later graduated with a degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University in June of 1997.
Realizing her lifelong dream to become a lawyer, she enrolled in John Marshall Law School in August of 1998. On June 17, 2001, she completed her course work at John Marshall Law School and on her first attempt went on to pass the Illinois State Bar Exam on October 2001.
Brunell loves working with young people and has shared her time with them as a mentor for the Black Star Project and as a motivational speaker for elementary school age girls with the Girl’s Talk Program.