Before establishing AWD in 2007, Danielle served seven years as Vice President, Southeast Region for an information technology company responsible for business development and program management. More than 12 years of her work experience was gained as a federal employee - 10 years with the US Department of Energy holding various positions including Personnel Specialist, Deputy Director, Public Information Office and Small Business Program Manager. During her tenure as SB Program Manager, Danielle was asked to chair an ad hoc committee formed by then Secretary of Energy, Hazel O’Leary to improve the small business program throughout the agency. Danielle left DOE in 1996 and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she led projects for the Martin Luther King Holiday Commission as Director, Public Affairs and the US Census Bureau’s 2000 Decennial coordinating governmental affairs, media relations and community outreach efforts. Danielle holds a B.S. Degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.