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Danielle has been fighting for ordinary people her entire life. Growing up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Danielle learned the value of hard work from her parents who made ends meet for their three children while still managing to care for those around them. Her parents’ community-oriented approach to life instilled in her the critical importance of acting with compassion towards and service for others. From a young age, Danielle always prioritized volunteering her free time at community organizations. As a teenager, she tutored children in a neighboring low-income school district and served struggling members of the community at her local food bank. In one of her proudest moments, Danielle organized  a community-wide project to deliver Christmas gifts to our troops stationed overseas. 

 

After graduating from highschool, Danielle traveled to Central America to participate in a year-long program supporting impoverished and orphaned children. While living abroad, she worked on humanitarian projects building toilets in rural villages and aiding local nonprofits in El Salvador and Guatemala. After returning to the United States, Danielle attended college in South Florida. During this time, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Biola University. Following graduation, Danielle started her career in higher education before settling in Gainesville which has been her home ever since.

 

In her professional career, Danielle worked at various faith-based nonprofits organizing  community service events like youth tutoring opportunities, housing projects, and food distribution programs. Danielle completed internships at local churches in Pennsylvania and West Palm Beach and the School of Ministry at her university. While serving as an administrator at a private university in South Florida, she developed international education programs to send college students abroad. Danielle later transitioned to working in digital start-up companies and is currently working as a project manager. 

 

Throughout her life, Danielle has been committed to doing what’s right, regardless of the obstacles. As an administrator in higher education, she advocated  for scholarship funding to be distributed equitably so that low-income students could benefit from studying abroad. During the worst of the pandemic, Danielle organized with local Gainesville leaders to secure safe working conditions for University of Florida staff and faculty. Most recently, she co-organized the North Central Florida March for Reproductive Freedom and Justice to challenge efforts to reverse landmark human rights protections. Through her political engagement and persistent activism, Danielle has demonstrated herself to be a talented, dedicated, and passionate organizer in our community.

Whether it’s implementing more equitable policies for young people, organizing protests for worker safety, or speaking truth to power, Danielle understands how to address the critical issues confronting our community. We all have seen the consequences of electing traditional, career politicians. Their leadership has resulted in rising wealth inequality, stagnant wages, unrelenting gun violence, unaffordable healthcare, and systemic poverty. Politics and candidates as usual have failed us at every turn and it’s time for us to elect someone who understands the daily struggles of everyday people. Danielle is running for Congress because the people of Florida’s 3rd District deserve a representative who recognizes that our district’s challenges demand community-centered leadership.