Dr. Danielle Moss Lee was born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and enthusiastically joins the YWCA of the City of New York after a stellar ten years as President and CEO of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. Danielle joined HEAF in 2002 after many years of experience in education and youth and community development in the nonprofit sector. She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Grace Lutheran School, Assistant Executive Director of the Morningside Area Alliance, Director for Community and Parent Partnerships at The After-School Corporation, and Consulting Project Director of the CTY Goldman Sachs Scholars Program of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She has significant experience in expanding opportunities in underserved communities.
Dr. Moss Lee served on the board of the Grace Lutheran School, was co-founder and lead applicant for Sisulu-Walker Children’s Academy – Harlem Charter School (the first authorized charter school in the state of New York), and has previously served on the boards of the Dodge YMCA, Teachers College Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation Advisory Board, and the National Advisory Board of The Next Generation Venture Fund, a partnership between Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities. More recently, she served a term on the Partnership for After-School Education’s College Prep Advisory Council and the Swarthmore College Alumni Council and she is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Black Agency Executives and a member of the Teachers College 125th Anniversary Steering Committee. She was also an adjunct assistant professor of Urban Youth Policy at the CCNY Rangel Center for Public Policy. She received her B.A. in English Literature and History with a concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College and holds M.A. and Ed.M. degrees from Teachers College Columbia University, where she completed her doctorate in Organization and Leadership.