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Danielle Moss, keynote speaker

Danielle Moss

    • CEO, Oliver Scholars
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How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

Danielle Moss Speaker Biography


Dr. Danielle R. Moss brings a deep commitment to educational equality and social justice to her role as Oliver Scholars’ Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Oliver Scholars in January 2019, she served as Chief of Staff at The New York Civil Liberties, where she was recruited to help the organization’s leadership solidify its strategy for managing unprecedented growth and to deepen internal capacity to embed a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework to inform the organization’s work.

Before joining NYCLU, Dr. Moss served as President and CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York, where she leveraged her experience in education and community building to put the YWCA back at the forefront of the conversation on women and girls in NYC. Under her tenure, the organization expanded its program portfolio to include a women’s speaker series for professional women, girls’ leadership programs, STEM education for girls and young women, and increased advocacy for women and girls in the city.

In 2015, she was asked by Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Speaker of New York’s City Council, to Co-Chair the Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a citywide effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionally affect girls of color, and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal. In 2016, Mayor DeBlasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity.

Dr. Moss began her career as a middle school 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, 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.

Dr. Moss 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 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 – A Partnership of Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities, and the Teachers College 125th Anniversary Steering Committee. Her other civic engagement roles have included President of Black Agency Executives 2013-2017, Member of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Advisory Board, and the Swarthmore College Board of Managers from 2013-2017 where she had the honor of serving as co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board from 2016-2017. She is currently on the board of The New York Women’s Foundation, Black Agency Executives, the CCNY MPA Advisory Committee, and Co-Chairs the Equity Work Group of the Human Services Council.

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. She did her first TED Talk at TEDWomen in November 2018.

How to Help the 'Forgotten Middle' Reach Their Full Potential

You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping young people get to and through college, social activist Danielle R. Moss challenges us to think deeper about who deserves help and attention -- and shows us how to encourage those in the middle to dream big.

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