Danielle is a licensed school counselor who has worked at both middle and high schools in urban and suburban Twin Cities school districts since 2003. She played an integral role in the creation and implementation of My Life Plan, the post-secondary planning graduation requirement for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In 2013, My Life Plan was named the Innovative Program of the Year by Hobsons, the parent company of Naviance.
In 2017, Danielle was honored as the first-ever recipient of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling Student Service Award, recognizing her dedication and support of students. She currently serves on the University of Iowa Out-of-State High School Advisory Board. Danielle received her a B.A. in psychology and sociology and certificate in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.A. in education psychology from the University of Minnesota.