Danyell Lewis

Danyell brings facilitation, public policy and technical research expertise to deliver customized, equitable solutions to clients. She has designed and led learning agendas, learning sessions and professional learning communities for funders, educators, administrators, nonprofit leaders and colleagues. Danyell regularly leads discussions on race, diversity, equity and inclusion and how to apply those lenses to internal practices and client engagements. She is also trained in equitable systems design: using an equity lens to interrogate and redesign systems that disproportionately benefit the most privileged, and developing and testing solution prototypes. In addition, Danyell has developed stakeholder engagement guidance for education agencies and conducted large-scale efforts to capture stakeholder feedback. Her work conducting comprehensive landscape scans of teacher leadership, social and emotional learning, college access and school integration has informed philanthropic investment and nonprofit advocacy strategy.

Coming from a single-parent household, Danyell is deeply passionate about, and committed to, educational excellence, especially for children in low-income communities of color. As a proud urban public school graduate and first generation college student, she understands the value of a quality education. Ensuring that all students—whether rural, urban or suburban—have the opportunity to thrive is central to Danyell’s professional and personal life.

Prior to Education First, Danyell helped establish and convene the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative at Battelle for Kids, and held policy research and analysis roles at Ohio State University, Institutional Research Consultants and Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Dayton and a Master of Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. Danyell is a proud native of Dayton, OH. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her large family, visiting museums and searching for the best tacos.

Danyell's expertise

  • Adult Learning and Facilitation
  • Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Race, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Storytelling and Writing
  • Teacher Leadership

Recent clients

  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Funder’s Collaborative for Innovative Measurement
  • Greater Texas Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Sobrato Policy Partners
  • Wallace Foundation

Danyell likes

  • Exploring new places, like the Dolomite Mountains (Aviano, PN, Italy) on horseback

  • Places with great books, art, food and positive culture like Busboys and Poets (DC)