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Dr. Danielle R. Moss joined the New York Civil Liberties Union as Chief of Staff in the fall of 2017 to help the organization’s leadership solidify its strategy for managing its unprecedented growth. Before joining the NYCLU, Danielle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York for five years, where she leveraged over two decades of experience in education and human services to put the YWCA back at the forefront of the conversation on women and girls in New York City. She is the Co-Chair of the NY City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a citywide effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionally effect girls of color. In 2016, Mayor Bill De Blasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity. She also sits on the boards of Eskolta and The New York Women’s Foundation.

Danielle began her career as a teacher in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and has previously served as President and CEO of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Youth Policy at CCNY, Director for Community and Parent Partnerships at The After-School Corporation, and Consulting Project Director for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. In 2017, she launched The Ebony Vanguard, an intergenerational organization dedicated to power, progress, and play for women and girls of the African Diaspora.  

Danielle was co-founder and lead applicant of Sisulu-Walker Children’s Academy – Harlem Charter School (the first authorized charter school in the state of New York), and has previously served on the boards of the Dodge YMCA, Teachers College Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation Advisory Board, Community Education Council District 3, the National Advisory Board of The Next Generation Venture Fund, and the Teachers College 125th Anniversary Steering Committee. She recently served as President of Black Agency Executives, and is currently a member of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Equity Work Group of the Human Services Council, and served as a member of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 2013-2017 and co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board from 2016-2017.

Danielle’s contributions to education and the social sector have been recognized by the New York State Education Department, The New York City Comptroller’s Office, The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women, Harvard Business School Club of New York, Bank of America, The College Board, Council of Urban Professionals, and The New York Women’s Foundation. In 2015, The Network Journal named her one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. Danielle is a passionate social change activist and her writing has been featured by The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Edutopia, The Amsterdam News, City Limits Magazine, and Ms. Magazine online.

She received her B.A. in English Literature and History with a concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College, and holds M.A. and Ed.M. degrees from Teachers College Columbia University, where she also completed her Doctorate in Organization and Leadership with a focus on Education Administration. She holds Certificates in Nonprofit Management from the business schools of Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford. Dr. Moss also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, The Fundraising School. 

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