Danielle Goonan

  • Director, Economic Policy Investments and Grantmaking, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity, The Rockefeller Foundation

For a decade, Danielle Goonan’s work has focused on increasing pathways to opportunity for all Americans, improving the systems that serve them, and getting resources to communities that need them most. Currently, Danielle is a member of The Rockefeller Foundation’s U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity team, overseeing investments that promote economic policies that benefit working people in the United States. Most recently, Danielle was responsible for a philanthropic grant portfolio at Walmart that focused on issues of employment technology, place-based systems change and employer practice change, and served as an advisor to Walmart’s human resources and policy teams. Danielle was an appointee of the Obama Administration where she led strategic partnerships for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. In this role, she worked with stakeholders in the corporate, labor and philanthropic sectors on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. She was also led the Clinton Global Initiative’s domestic education and skills development team with responsibilities that included managing the CGI U.S. Youth Employment Action Network in partnership with the Office of Secretary Clinton’s JobOne program, overseeing the strategy of CGI America’s education and skills working groups, and leading the growth of the workforce development portfolio of Commitments to Action. She received her MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economic and her undergraduate degree in American Studies summa cum laude from Dickinson College where she was a Posse Foundation Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Danielle sits on the Humanity in Action U.S. Planning Board and was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.