Danielle was born in Idaho, but grew up on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in north-central Montana. Danielle Vazquez is Mexican American, as well as an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe. Danielle has degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. Before attending the University of Montana, Danielle attended Stone Child College, where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Rural Behavioral Health. While at Stone Child, Danielle worked on HIV/AIDs awareness and education and suicide prevention. While progressing through her social work degree at the University of Montana, Danielle’s interests turned to policy, specifically criminal justice reform. As a part of her social work practicum, Danielle worked on research projects regarding the disproportionate rates of American Indians being incarcerated and cultural programming that can be used to address this problem. Danielle also worked on projects aimed at bringing awareness to the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis. After graduating from UM, Danielle began her professional career working with the ACLU of Montana, starting in the legal department as an interim paralegal and intake coordinator, and later as office manager. Danielle is currently a community organizer with Montana Women Vote, working to mobilize and educate low-income women to participate in the democratic process. In the future, Danielle is planning on attending law school, focusing on federal Indian law and immigration law. In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling, watching Wes Anderson films, and laughing at memes.
Montana Women Vote, Community Organizer