Danny is a first year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Raised in a multicultural home just north of New York City, Danny received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College in 2013. While in school, Danny studied abroad in Havana, Cuba where he documented his family's experience on the island through oral history interviews and in Suzhou, China with a State Department Critical Langauge Scholarship. For the last five years, Danny has worked in various roles at Cook Ross Inc., a diversity and inclusion consultancy in Washington DC. From 2013-2015, Danny also worked as a contractor for the Atlantic Philanthropies, where he supported the CEO's Cuba Project programming and conducted research that foregrounded President Obama's 2014 political opening with Havana. Outside of work, Danny volunteered regularly and served on the board of Shepherd's Table, a community resource center in Silver Spring, Maryland that provides essential services to people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Along with two former Cook Ross colleagues, Danny recently launched the Inclusion Nextwork, a virtual collaborative for next-generation leaders in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in February 2018. In addition to being a ROMBA Fellow, he is also a fellowship recipient of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. During his few moments of downtime, Danny enjoys playing volleyball and cooking, especially a blend of Cuban and Israeli cuisine or anything with dark chocolate.
What made you consider business school?
Working at Cook Ross during a time of immense organizational growth, I experienced a professional environment at the intersection of social justice and business from various vantage points: project management, business development, internal operations & strategy. Navigating that growth and its challenges as an employee highlighted the importance of enhancing my management and analytical skills in areas complementary to my academics at Middlebury. Cook Ross deepened my appreciation for inner work, the continual need for self-reflection and growth; Yale's dual focus on comprehensive leadership development alongside hard skills relevant to organizational life and broader society is, therefore, a huge draw.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I'm most excited about indulging my nerdy side, which loves to learn in environments intentionally designed to challenge my perspective. The fact that I will get to do just that with students, faculty, staff, and community members who represent diversity in many forms (over some New Haven style pizza of course) is music to my ears.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am most inspired by people who live their values and display generosity towards others even when no one is watching. Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former Spelman College and Bennet College President and Smithsonian Director, continually embodies the best in humanity. Since the moment we met, I realized I was immeasurably privileged to have something so few possess: the opportunity to be in the life of their shero. There has not been a day that Dr. Cole has failed to inspire me towards greater heights and a greater version of myself in commitment to the service of others. I will be forever indebted to her kindness, wisdom, and love and hope to make her proud as I seek to pay forward the many gifts she has brought to my life.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
I once ate an entire deep dish pizza, which regularly serves 3-4 people, in a single sitting – not to compete in a dare or challenge, but simply because I was hungry.