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Danielle has been serving our families her entire life. While growing up in a suburb outside Philadelphia, Danielle learned the importance of working hard for our communities. Her parents’ community-oriented approach to life instilled in her the importance of actively caring for others. As a teenager, Danielle prioritized tutoring children in a neighboring low-income school district and serving struggling members of her community at a local food bank. In one of her proudest moments, she organized a project to deliver Christmas gifts to our troops stationed overseas. From a young age, Danielle committed herself to uplifting all our families. 

 

After completing high school, Danielle’s passion for service led her to participate in a year-long program supporting impoverished and orphaned children in Central America. During this time, 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 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Biola University. After graduating, Danielle started her career in higher education before settling in Gainesville, which she has called home ever since.

 

In her professional career, Danielle worked at faith-based nonprofits organizing community service events that provide tutoring opportunities, house those without shelter, and distribute food to the hungry. She completed internships at 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. 

 

Danielle fights for what is right regardless of the obstacles. As an administrator in higher education, she advocated for distributing scholarship funding equitably so low-income students could benefit from studying abroad. During the pandemic, Danielle fought to secure safe working conditions for University of Florida staff and faculty. In October 2021, she co-organized the North Central Florida March for Reproductive Freedom and Justice to challenge the reversal of human rights protections. During the 2022 Election, Danielle secured the Democratic nomination for Congress in Florida’s 3rd District by a margin of more than 30 points in her campaign against Republican Kat Cammack.

Over the last several decades, we have seen the consequences of electing traditional, career politicians as wealth inequality continues to worsen, our wages remain stagnant, gun violence plagues our nation, quality healthcare is still out of reach for many, and millions of our children live in poverty. During these challenging times, Danielle has demonstrated herself to be a talented, dedicated, and passionate organizer for our communities. While she never expected to run for Congress, her campaign was the natural next step in her life mission to serve our families. Since her campaign concluded, Danielle has remained engaged in the struggle to uplift our hardworking families, secure justice for all, and make our government serve ordinary people.