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Danielle Simms

AFFILIATION: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

TITLE: Environmental Justice Manager

LOCATION: Virginia


EXPERTISE AREA: Black/ African-American Communities, Climate Change, DEIJ, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Justice, Natural Disasters And Response, Pollution, Tribal Relations Or Indigenous Sovereignty, Water, Youth


Danielle graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a B.S. in Environmental Science, is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership-College Leaders Program, earned her master’s degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and recently studied Climate Change & Health at the Yale School of Public Health. Her on-the-ground work with environmental organizations has included: lobbying to defend the Clean Air Act from attacks in Congress; organizing to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline; promoting the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan; leading a $1.5M political program of targeted mail, digital ads, and radio ads; drafting 32 pieces of legislation predominantly focused on climate, environmental health, toxics, and environmental justice in Virginia; lobbying to pass over 100 conservation bills; and coordinating advocacy for the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum. In addition, she has served as staff on Capitol Hill and in the Virginia General Assembly to advance several pieces of legislation on a broad range of topics such as criminal justice reform, animal welfare, and health care reform. Currently, Danielle oversees the Office of Environmental Justice at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as its Environmental Justice Program Manager.


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