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Dr. Danielle Moss Lee
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Dr. Danielle Moss Lee joined the YWCA of the City of New York–the nation’s first YWCA association–in 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing to the role over twenty years of experience in education and human services. Under her tenure, the YWCA of the City of New York has 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 has increased advocacy for women and girls in New York City. Since taking the helm of the YWCA, she has launched the #YWWomanKind Campaign to amplify the YW’s work to engage, uplift, and support women of all ages from all walks of life. In 2015, these efforts were recognized when the Speaker of New York’s City Council asked Dr. Moss Lee to Co-Chair the NY City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a citywide effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionally affect girls of color. In 2016, Mayor DeBlasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity.

Dr. Moss Lee began her career as a teacher in the Bronx and Brooklyn. She 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. Her accomplishments include expanding access and opportunities in underserved communities in ways that reflect integrity, respect, and an eye toward sustainable impact. As a result of her leadership, and with support from a committed Board of Directors and stellar team of professional staff, the YWCA of the City of New York has returned to the forefront of the conversation on girls and women in New York City.

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), Dr. Moss Lee has also served on the boards of the Dodge YMCA, the 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 is currently President of Black Agency Executives, a member of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Advisory Board, a Board Member of the Human Services Council, and a member of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers. 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 has earned Certificates in Nonprofit Management from the business schools of Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford, as well as a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, The Fundraising School.

Dr. Moss Lee’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, and The College Board. In 2015, The Network Journal named her one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. Dr. Moss Lee is a passionate social change activist whose writing has been featured by The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Edutopia, The Amsterdam News, and City Limits Magazine. She has shared her views on WABC-TV’s “Here and Now” and “New York Viewpoint”, WNBC’s “Positively Black”, Fox 5’s “Street Talk”, Bronx Net’s “Perspectives”, NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” and on Power 105.1, WCBS, and Bloomberg Radio. Journalist Stanley Crouch hailed Dr. Moss Lee as one of the most important players in public education for her ability to respectfully meet young people where they are, while providing them with the tools and agency to transform their own lives.

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