40 Under 40: Donato Clay, Chief Operating Officer, Veteran Benefits Guide


Donato Clay

Thu, Mar 28, 2024 (2 a.m.)

When poring over Donato Clay’s resume, it is truly amazing what he has accomplished in his lifetime. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science, a juris doctor degree, a master in public health degree and a master’s of business administration degree. He’s a veteran, a lawyer and a business owner. He’s a servant leader, a philanthropist and an animal lover. And he’s only just beginning.

Clay served in the U.S. Army as the lead Human Rights and Rule of Law attorney and military advisor based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and practiced as a senior trial defense attorney in the Army National Guard. He went on to hold positions in human health care and veterinary medicine, and he now spends his time giving back to the veteran community as the chief operating officer at the Veteran Benefits Guide.

“When I came across the COO position at VBG, it was a perfect match for me. It married my love of operations with leveraging my military service and putting me, once again, in a position to serve. I love the idea of continuing ‘service after service,’” Clay said.

He carries his values-driven purpose into the community as well, serving as the Chair of Jewish Nevada Young Leaders Division, a board member for Pin Ups for Vets, and on the board of directors for Mass Liberation. He also recently founded a business with friends.

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