Danielle Lafayette
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Executive Director, Unite a Nation, Inc.
Danielle Lafayette is a first-generation college graduate and a first-generation homeowner from South Los Angeles, the community she serves. Ms. Lafayette is an Uplift California award-winning nonprofit leader bestowed upon by CA State Senator Holly Mitchell, soccer mom, founder, and the Executive Director of Unite a Nation, Inc., a non-profit 501c3. Organization. She is the recipient of the Spirit of the Kings' award and medal in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King to commit to social justice and advocacy. Ms. Lafayette gained attention as the Chair/President of a neighborhood Council. She has been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, the Wave Newspapers, and Charter/Spectrum news. Ms. Lafayette has extensive experience in community and economic empowerment, education, policy, housing, organizing, advocacy, and nonprofit leadership and sustainability. Ms. Lafayette has opened a transitional home which is part of her economic development strategy to build vibrant communities. As a community organizer, she uses public policy and organizing to empower communities to advocate for resources to close the student achievement gap and create pathways to success for students locally, statewide, and nationally. Ms. Lafayette is an appointed METRO Board Citizen's advisory council member, Leadership Council Member for Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas' Empowerment Congress, and Community Funding Board member for the Liberty Hill Foundation. Ms. Lafayette is a graduate of Dorsey High School, a public high school in Los Angeles. She is an All-American 400 meter athlete who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.