I Hustle For the Story – Danielle Veira

About this week’s episode: Hustlers are in command of their communication – from building their brand to asking for what they want.  Danielle Veira shares her story of how she’s leveraged effective communication to build her career and empower others to tell their own stories.

About our guest: Danielle Veira is the Senior Manager of Public Relations and Advocacy Communications at the American Diabetes Association. She works diligently to orchestrate the Association’s strategic communications efforts focused on raising urgency around the diabetes epidemic, engaging policymakers, and telling the stories of the millions of Americans affected by this chronic illness.

Prior to joining the Association, Danielle was a communications associate with Nahigian Strategies, LLC—a veteran strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. Working with a broad range of clients, including Fortune 50 companies, non-profit organizations and political candidates, Danielle developed comprehensive communications plans and national outreach campaigns. From industry alliances focused on the prescription drug abuse epidemic to international non-profits aiming to end the youth unemployment crisis, Danielle connected vision with strategy to amplify her clients’ messages with placements in outlets including CNN, National Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and network television affiliates across the United States.

In the early years of her career, Danielle supported the Executive Director and Communications Director of an international non-profit based in Germany. In this capacity, she was responsible for organizing conferences and events with multiple media outlets, hosting foreign dignitaries and heads of state, and serving as a liaison on behalf of the Washington office.

A politico at heart, Danielle spent her first years in Washington working for a Senator on Capitol Hill where she worked closely with healthcare legislative staff and the Senator’s communications team, acted as a constituent liaison, and managed the internship program.

Her passion for education advocacy led Danielle to become an SAT/ACT tutor with Revolution Prep where she taught both in-class and private classes for more than five years in the metro Washington, DC area. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11, Danielle has spent 20 years volunteering and fundraising with JDRF and was an adult mentor with the Greater Chesapeake Bay and Potomac Chapter.

She has been honored by her peers in the communications and public relations industry for the third year in a row with an appointment to the Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) Board of Directors and was elected to be the organization’s 2018 President. In 2014, Danielle was recognized by The Hill newspaper and the Living Classrooms Foundation as a 2014 Rising Star for her professional achievements and philanthropic efforts.

Danielle received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University, where she majored in sociology and minored in political science.

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