Danielle M. Gonzales is Assistant Director for Policy with the Education & Society Program at the Aspen Institute where she helps supervise a network of senior Congressional education staffers and grow and deepen the program’s education policy work.
Prior to this, Danielle was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she advanced the Foundation’s K-12 education policy and advocacy strategy in key states, including Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee. Danielle also led the development of the Foundation’s strategy for engaging faith-based communities in education reform.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2009, Danielle worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she managed Pre-K Now, a national public education and advocacy campaign working for high quality pre-k for all. Prior to joining Pre-K Now, Danielle worked at Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), and taught fourth grade in Brownsville, TX. Gonzales has also served as a Policy Fellow at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans at the U.S. Department of Education from 1999 – 2001 and earlier on several political campaigns in her home state of New Mexico.
She earned her BA in Political Science and Spanish Language and Literature from The George Washington University where she was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar and her M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.