Danielle began her career as an epidemiologist at the Sinai Urban Health Institute in 2006. Since then, she has worked on issues related to health equity. In 2008, Danielle co-founded Urban Health Perspectives (UHP) with the goal of addressing social determinants of health and promoting evidence based methods in community programming. In this capacity she consulted with Chicago community organizations to plan and evaluate violence prevention and urban agriculture initiatives. In 2010, Danielle became the Associate Director of the Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium which aimed to reduce racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes through quality improvement. In this position, she worked in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services to assess and improve the quality of breast cancer prevention and care in medical institutions throughout Illinois counties.
In 2012, Danielle decided to shift her career focus to work on issues related to incarceration and health. She became increasingly concerned about the injustices in the communities where she worked and felt that the skills she had gained in process improvement with a public health perspective could be applied to public institution operations, particularly within the U.S. Justice System. In 2013, Danielle enrolled in the Community Health Sciences Doctoral program at UCLA with a minor in Law. Over the past two years, she has devoted her efforts to examining incarceration both as an institution as well as a critical social determinant of wellbeing in Black U.S. communities. Since coming to UCLA, Danielle has co-founded the UCLA Justice Work Group, is a member of the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium and a Justice Policy Network Fellow. Her research focus is on comprehensive strategies to re-entry that incorporate health and cover both carceral and community systems.