Danielle moved to Memphis as a child when her father took a position at St. Jude when it was still a very small institution. His example is, in part, what instilled a sense of community service in Danielle; that working together for the common good benefits all of us. She is a product of Memphis City Schools having graduated from Craigmont High School; and is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis (Go Tigers Go!) having earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. She also attained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Additionally, she earned the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.
For over twenty years Danielle worked in the financial service industry; she held positions in accounting, finance, credit analysis and investment management, providing a strong background to understand the budgetary issues our State faces.
More recently, Danielle transitioned to the public sector in order to more directly serve the community. She is currently Director of Research at the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, combining her strong analytical skills, financial expertise, and non-profit experience, to help strengthen the Memphis area workforce.
One of Danielle’s earliest forays in politics was working in Harold Ford, Jr’s Senatorial campaign. She later served as moderator of political forums for the League of Women Voters of Memphis/ Shelby County, which deepened her interest in local politics and highlighted the low number of female elected officials in our community. Danielle is a graduate of the Emerge Tennessee class of 2018; Emerge trains Democratic women to run for office.
Danielle believes that for Memphis, Germantown and Shelby County to thrive that we must recognize that our interests our tied together. We must hold our State government accountable rather than answering to special interests.
On healthcare – Everyone must have access to healthcare – old and young alike. We need Medicaid expansion, but we also need to protect Medicare. I will always protect Medicare and in-home care. These are benefits our seniors were promised. I will never vote to take away property tax relief, Medicare or other benefits our seniors have earned.
On common sense gun legislation – I will fight to make sure that all gun owners have background checks, that bump stocks are illegal and that teachers are focused on teaching, not serving as in classroom security officers.
On education – We need to be sure teachers are paid fairly and treated as professionals and that all children have access to Pre-K.
Danielle looks forward to being part of a stronger Shelby County delegation that works to serve the entire community.