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Dr. Danielle Clark serves as the Associate Director for Pritzker Tech Talent Labs at DPI. In her role, she provides intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for DPI’s talent enterprise which spans immersion, undergraduate/graduate programs, workforce development, and lifelong learning. Dr. Clark is also focused on increasing the visibility of underrepresented/marginalized talent in Illinois.

Previously, Dr. Clark worked at PelotonU—a nonprofit focused on redefining higher education for underrepresented populations through competency-based learning and mentorship via a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. While there, she worked with low, medium, and high at-risk students and aided in the elimination of imposter syndrome while fostering their academic endeavors. She also spearheaded the onboarding curriculum and instructional redesign efforts for incoming students, assisted the CEO with grant writing proposals, and co-piloted counseling and mental health services for all students.

Additionally, she contracted with Harlem Children’s Zone, a renowned nonprofit in Harlem, New York, in the creation of their college forward program partnership with SNHU and onboarding curriculum development.

Before joining PelotonU, Dr. Clark served as the Associate Director for the Center for African Diaspora Student Success (CADSS) at the University of California. While there, she helped retain and advocate for Black students by helping them foster community, enhance their sense of belonging, improve their academic standing, and created a safe space for students to be unapologetic about their multitude of layers/identities.

Dr. Clark has a lifelong passion for equitable learning and access for all people. Her motto is “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” -Unknown

Dr. Clark holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration with an emphasis in Educational Psychology from The University of Southern California, an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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