Mother, wife, sailor, travel-addict, foodie, serious Francophile, lover of adventure.
Doni Belau launched Girls’Guide to Paris in September of 2009, a travel website and guide about everything Paris related. Over the past 5 years Ms. Belau has expanded the company to include over 10 small group tours for women only heading yearly to France and beyond.
In 2015 Ms. Belau was asked by Cider Mill Press to write the first book on the new Paris Craft Cocktail movement, Paris Cocktails.
Before the travel business overtook her life, Doni was a fundraiser, an activist, and a political and not-for-profit consultant. She served on President Obama’s first national finance committee back in 2007/2008, one of the first women invited on to that committee. From 2001-2012, Doni worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Riverkeeper, the environmental organization which focuses on clean water.
In 2006 Doni encouraged her young friend Whitney Johnson to start an HIV Organization that would help, assist and empower children and young adults struggling with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. For nearly a decade the after-school program outside of Cape Town, Ubuntu saved many lives. It is now run by a sister organization.
Previous to her not for profit and political work, Ms. Belau worked professionally in media and advertising, producing television commercials for approximately 8 years. She has taught at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and has been a Democratic district leader in Bedford, NY.
Doni Belau grew up in the small town of Fremont, Nebraska. She is married and has two children ages 29 and 26. She attended UCLA and she divides her time between New York, her house near Bordeaux and Paris, her favorite city. She sails every summer with her husband on their 47’ Benneteau.