Donna Meagle

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Donna Meagle
Parks and Recreation character
Donna Meagle.jpg
First appearance "Pilot"
Portrayed by Retta
Gender Female
Occupation Office Manager in the Department of Parks and Recreation of Pawnee
Family George (brother)
Lavondrius (brother)
Ginuwine (cousin)[1]

Donna Marie Meagle is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. She is portrayed by Retta and has appeared in the show since the pilot. For the first two seasons of the show she appeared as a recurring character; she became a regular in the third season.


Donna (Retta) is an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department. She is one of the people who volunteered to help Leslie Knope run her successful campaign for City Council. She once unwittingly donated money to David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, because she received a campaign phone call promising lower taxes. She has the most active and healthy dating life of any character on the show. Donna loves her car, a Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicle. Additionally, she is a part investor in The Snakehole Lounge, a night club in Pawnee. Her cousin is Ginuwine.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

During a stand-up comedy performance at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Retta said the acting job on the show was stressful as it was unclear how long the show would stay on the air.[2] Alan Sepinwall, television columnist with The Star-Ledger, said that season two episodes of Parks and Recreation have afforded more personality and funnier jokes to Donna and other minor characters.[3]


  1. ^ a b "thoughts on parks and recreation: sweet sixteen". February 24, 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Dunn, Valeree (2009-10-14). "Performer Spotlight on... Retta". The UIS Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2009-11-05). "Parks and Recreation, "Ron and Tammy": Megan Mullally guests". The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). Retrieved 2009-11-06.