Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Danielle served as the interim deputy director of Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, she worked at the Center for Court Innovation's Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court-involved and recently incarcerated youth. Danielle has also designed and directed a program to teach conflict resolution through the arts in inner-city Atlanta schools and juvenile detention centers, has had extensive involvement in gang intervention work, and has experience with a variety of mediation and conflict resolution techniques. Danielle received her BA from Emory University and her master’s degrees in poetry and European literature from New York University and Oxford University (UK), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a Stoneleigh Fellow.