“Danielle is professional, diligent and resourceful, as well as a team player. Her upbeat energy is contagious! Working with Danielle is an amazingly positive experience. She is competent, a doer and creates a pleasant work environment that makes you want to go the extra mile because she’s an integral part of it. One of Danielle’s talents is her strategic thinking and problem-solving ability with assessing and providing recommendations to advance campaigns in the most efficient manner possible. Danielle’s mix of competence and compassion makes her a total pleasure to work with, and I'd be thrilled if our professional paths crossed again. I would consider Danielle to be a major asset to a workplace looking for top talent!”
"Danielle has managed and coached a national evaluation project that we administered in conjunction with NYU a year ago. Her talents are remarkable. She is insightful, courageous, wise -- a true leader. When a project is in her hands, it gets done, and it gets done well. Danielle's energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She has the presence to inspire people and the aptitude to accomplish what needs to be achieved. My team and I have been very grateful to have Danielle a part of our work. I recommend her highly."
I have known Danielle Asher for four years. She initially served on an advisory board for a project I lead, but this relationship evolved as Danielle stepped up to take on additional responsibilities. Recently, we have co-designed and co-presented in workshops and have co-authored book chapters. Working with Danielle has been one of the great pleasures of my professional life. She is a critical thinker, a problem-solver, a relationship-builder, and an expert facilitator. She is always oriented toward improvement in everything she does, whether deepening the impact of a workshop, improving a draft of a written piece, or ensuring that everyone feels heard and supported. She routinely asks questions that push the work to a deeper level. Where other people might get stuck, Danielle quickly imagines solutions on the spot to tensions and challenges. I frequently turn to Danielle for advice because she is able to “see through the noise” and quickly grasp the big picture, which enables her to come up with solutions that others have missed. She listens with care and exudes passion for every project. Not only does Danielle excel at these internal processes, but Danielle also is a skilled facilitator and presenter who quickly connects with the audience and captures their attention. Danielle is a “rare gem” whose wide range of skills and abilities, coupled with her deep enthusiasm for her work, would make her an asset to any
project or organization.
I have had the pleasure to work with Danielle for the past two years. She co-facilitated our Family Leadership Academy in the Roosevelt UFSD under the My Brothers Keeper Family and Community Engagement grant. Danielle was easy to work with and assist our parents, family and community members by teaching them the importance of advocacy. Additionally, they learned how to establish a reciprocal relationship with our school district and increased their knowledge of equity over equality. I found her to be a people person, dependable and trustworthy. She would be a phenomenal asset to your organization.
Danielle is a true advocate for the individuals and families she works with. Her integrity and her unwillingness to compromise her authenticity is what makes her the best person to work with. Danielle's authenticity comes from her willingness to be honest with herself and others even in the most difficult of spaces. These are the qualities that make Danielle a strong asset anywhere she goes. Her passion and dedication to always put those she advocates for first manifests in her everyday work. Danielle also has a gift for connecting with others and challenging ideas in a way that makes others grow. Her energy and honesty is contagious and inspires those she connects with. I have sought Danielle's expertise on many occasions. I consider her a mentor, colleague and friend.
Danielle Asher is a remarkable person. When we first met, she was running the Family Leadership Network, a project that offered parent leadership development programs across Long Island. As an evaluator, I had visited other sites that offered a similar program, but none had replicated it in so many other local municipalities or created such an effective network of activists that was tackling statewide issues, such as the school-to-prison pipeline.
Not only is Danielle a highly competent executive with a management style that empowers others rather than attempts to control them, she is also a visionary leader. She has a deep passion for social justice combined with a realistic pragmatism that gets things done. She is insightful, resourceful, and delightful to work with. If I were on the committee that awards MacArthur Foundation genius grants, I would recommend her to anyone who is thinking about hiring her or supporting her work. I would say don't miss the opportunity.
I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Danielle for 10 years on various advocacy and organizing initiatives across Long Island. In all of her efforts, Danielle can meld an understanding of the root causes of structural inequality while also building leadership amongst populations impacted by structural poverty and racism. Her intuition and core belief in social justice make her a committed and trusted partner. Her visionary insight makes her a thoughtful strategist and her belief in centering the experiences of the impacted in all forms of advocacy makes Danielle one of the most thoughtful, intentional and focused individuals I know.
If you need passionate support, you want Danielle Asher on your team! After a vision I had to create a network of moms and families who wanted to keep their kids connected to culture, Danielle was instrumental in offering me guidance, mentoring, and support in setting up the framework for Latina Moms of Long Island, which is now; Latina Moms Connect. Her continued mentorship on how to strategically build partnerships, transparency, and messaging has been key to the long standing positive and credible relationships we’ve established throughout the six years we’ve existed. Danielle is skilled, passionate, strategic, and aware of how to support leaders, communities, organizations, and parent groups to be successful in establishing realistic goals and taking the measurable steps to achieve success. Some of what she did for us include: programmatic frameworks, board development, partnership development, and more. Through much of Danielle’s support, Latina Moms Connect has grown in membership, action, and influence in supporting communities and families who seek to work towards cultural preservation and enriching cultural identities. Your success is her passion and this is demonstrated by her tenuous attitude and commitment to any relationship she develops.
(Danielle) "you are a Fantastic, Special, Loving, Protective and an Amazing Woman. You are the Wonder Woman to a Community as well as an individual's life. Thank you for your presence and your confidence in me. I pray that you will be Forever Strengthened in the Power of God!!! Love You!!!
Danielle, "You as a mentor has influenced my work so much and given me not only the courage but the CONFIDENCE to speak about my passions. When I embarked upon PLI Last year, I did so with hesitation, I wondered what I would get out of it. Week after week in class, I left with more passion, more inspiration and more motivation to fight for a world that I would be proud of my kids to grow up in. By the end of PLI - I discovered my 'project' -- my passion lied in combating
islamophobia - one piece at a time."
"Danielle, where do I begin. Since our encounter during PLI classes, you always saw more in me then I saw in myself. You are such an inspiration and a phenomenal mentor. My life changed in such a way since we met. Thank you for pushing me and seeing the strength in me as a Parent Leader. A role I would never have thought I was worthy to play. I am a 'kick butt' Parent Leader because I have a 'kick butt' mentor, someone I am so happy to also call MY FRIEND!! Never stop being you!!!"
Danielle Asher is a phenomenal and inspiring teacher, instructor and facilitator! She has an awesome way of taking you on a full journey when introducing a new concept. I learned so much under her tutelage. She has now become a friend. But she never stops teaching, coaching or leaving with an inspiring word. She has a gift and I would work with her again at anytime.