Judge Stroud currently serves as Chief Judge on the North Carolina’s Court of Appeals. She and her husband J. Wilson Stroud have been married since 1986 and have two adult sons, Aaron and Isaac. Chief Judge Stroud graduated ranked first in her class in 1988. Prior to becoming a judge, Donna was in private practice from 1988 to 2004. In 2014, Chief Judge Stroud graduated from Duke University’s School of Law LL.M. program in Judicial Studies.