Dr. Danielle R Moss
The Oliver Scholars
Dr. Danielle R. Moss brings a deep commitment to educational equality and social justice to her role as CEO at The Oliver Scholars after having served a year as Chief of Staff at The New York Civil Liberties Union where she was recruited to help the organization’s leadership solidify its strategy for managing unprecedented growth and solidify a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework to inform the organization’s work.
Before joining NYCLU, Dr. Moss served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York for five years, where she leveraged over two decades of experience in education and human services to put the YWCA back at the forefront of the conversation on women and girls in New York City. Under her tenure, the YWCA of the City of New York 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 New York City. In 2015, these efforts were recognized when the Speaker of New York’s City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, asked her to Co-Chair the NY City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a citywide effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionally effect girls of color. That same year, The Network Journal named her one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. And, in 2016, Mayor DeBlasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity. She also founded and launched the #YWWomanKind Campaign to amplify the YW’s work to engage, uplift and support women of all ages from all walks of life. Given her ongoing commitment to women and girls of color, she launched The Ebony Vanguard in 2017. The EV is an intergenerational organization dedicated to power, progress, and play for women and girls of the African Diaspora. Dr. Moss, who began her career as a teacher in Brooklyn and the Bronx, 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). After serving on numerous boards, she currently sits on the board of The New York Women’s Foundation. 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. Dr. Moss is a passionate social change activist whose presence and writings have been featured in numerous media outlets. The New York Daily News’ journalist Stanley Crouch once dubbed her one of the most important players in public education for her ability to respectfully meet young people where they are and to give them the tools and agency to transform their own lives. And, in 2018 she did her first TED Talk at TEDWomen 2018 in Palm Springs, Californi