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Danielle Toussaint

Morgridge Communicator in Residence

Washington, DC


Danielle Kristine Toussaint is the inaugural Morgridge Communicator in Residence for Ascend at Aspen Institute, where she leads brand strategy and innovation, storytelling, and executive communications initiatives. She joins the team with more than 15 years of experience in social enterprise and nonprofit leadership.

Most recently, as founder and chief storyteller at She Thinks Purple, a women-powered creative agency, she has partnered with impact-driven entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to tell inspiring brand stories. She has previously served tenures as Managing Director, Marketing and Communications for both KID Museum, a pioneering experiential museum and educational makerspace located in Bethesda, MD, and iMentor, a leading national college success organization based in New York, NY.

Danielle has been the writing pen behind op-eds and speeches for Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and TEDx. She’s also author of the book Dare to Think Purple, which will be published by New Degrees Press in December 2020.

A proud alumna and mentor to first-generation students, Danielle holds a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University and a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. With Caribbean family roots, she speaks Haitian Creole, Spanish, French, and Jamaican Patois (all to varying degrees of fluency depending on the day).