Danielle Torain is an independent consultant with over 10 years of management experience in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
Danielle’s practice is centered in equity-based planning, organizational development, design, policy development, practice and group facilitation. Her areas of specialized focus include: community economic development; workforce development and economic inclusion; access to capital and community investment; and, community participatory planning.
Prior to launching her consultative practice, Danielle served as a Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site where she led the unit’s place-based strategies in workforce development and economic inclusion, community capacity building, and resident leadership.
Danielle additionally served as a loaned executive with the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, directing One Baltimore for Jobs (1B4J). Launched in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in response to the April 2015 civil unrest, 1B4J was a 5MM demonstration effort that tested a range of cross-sector strategies for connecting un- and underemployed youth and young adult populations in economically distressed communities across the city with training and placement opportunities in the region’s high-growth industry sectors.
Danielle’s prior work capacities also include Senior Director of Strategy & Development of the Center for Urban Families, where she led the organization’s operations in strategic planning and program development, grants administration, fundraising, training and technical assistance, advocacy and external affairs, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, where she led a citywide initiative focused on strengthening community-based systems of support for formerly incarcerated youth, and the American Institutes for Research.
Danielle holds a B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Among her public honors are Baltimore Business Journal’s Leading Women, Maritime Magic Rising Star of Baltimore (BBJ), and Spirited Woman Rising of Maryland (Red Cross of Central Maryland). Danielle is a 2012 graduate of theLEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
She continues to serve on a number of boards throughout Baltimore and maintains an enduring commitment to supporting emerging leaders throughout the city.
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