Colorado Staff

Danielle DeSantis

State Organizing Director

Danielle is a proud product of public schools and first became interested in education as a pathway out of poverty at the University of Arizona, while studying International Relations. She went on to teach English as a Second Language to high schoolers in Providence, Rhode Island, where she saw firsthand how inequitable and intractable our education system can be. 

She left the classroom to further understand how policies impacting students could be better informed by the people who spend the most time with them—their parents and their teachers. She now holds a master’s degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. 

As a teacher-turned-organizer, she began mobilizing teachers in South Los Angeles with Educators 4 Excellence to make contractual and legislative change on behalf of their students and their profession. Most recently, Danielle served as the Managing Director of Outreach at Educators 4 Excellence where she directed policy and advocacy strategy for campaigns tackling issues like school climate, tenure reform, and instructional support for students with unique needs.  

As the Colorado State Organizing Director, Danielle will guide the organizing and outreach strategy in Colorado. When not nerding out over the intricacies of education policies and politics, Danielle enjoys sunshine, vistas, good meals, and faraway places. 


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