Hi! My name is Danelle
(Nickname: Dae or Day).
I am a multidisciplinary creative, historian, and storyteller, working at the intersections of the arts, industries, and cultures. My areas of expertise include: various facets of design, real estate, healthcare, social impact, and STEM.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2004), from the interior design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which had a strong emphasis on technical design and user-based research. Afterwards, I worked for the research-based architectural and design firm, MA Architects, and later, the commercial real estate group, Crown Acquisitions, before I transitioned into branding and communication design for consumer and B2B markets. I then went on to work for leading agencies (e.g. Edelman, Jack Morton Worldwide, and the Seventh Art Group, etc.), on accounts in various industries such as: beauty, fashion, CPG, education, events, film, food, non-profits, real estate, and tech.
Parallel to becoming a multidisciplinary designer, I moonlighted as a birth-doula—trained and certified through DONA international—beginning in 2007. That became my entry point into the healthcare and medical sectors. The more I became exposed to, and learned more about the fields of healthcare, medicine, and STEM, the more I became curious, and began to see the interconnectivity of design, communications, industries, and culture.
Though I stopped practicing as a birth doula in 2012, I went on to earn a Master of Liberal Arts degree (2016), with a concentration in the history of science, technology and medicine, from the Harvard Extension School (HES). The concentration path was discontinued in 2016, so I am one of the last unicorns to graduate from the program. While working towards the degree, I also earned a professional certificate in Religious Studies and Education (2015) through a partnership with the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and HES, while working "part-time" as a creative professional. Studying about religion and cultural studies both enriched my historical investigations as well as developed multi-cultural research and communication skills.
I founded my independent practice—By Mnemosyne—while I was a grad student and freelancer, in 2013—to advise, create, and serve for unicorn projects at the intersections of the arts, healthcare, social impact, and STEM…full STEAM ahead. Clients include(d): Chicken & Egg Pictures, May Lindstrom Skin, Onassis Cultural Center, Phuong Dang Perfumes, Sweet Blackberry, and Wonderful World: Friends of Music Therapy.
My graduate thesis was a historical investigation that examined the socio-cultural climate of the Dutch Republic, and its social and economical knowledge systems that aided in its scientific and economic expansion during the seventeenth century—particularly the Dutch Republic's ascension as leaders of the global spice trade. My research identifies Leiden University (est.1575), and its school of medicine, as a key intellectual conduit for the Dutch Republic’s social and economical outcomes. The exploration of the University's nuanced story—its pedagogical innovation, its policy of religious tolerance, and bespoke approach to gender relations (compared to European contemporaries)—plays a great part of the research. My thesis earned a Director's Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis in the Social Sciences.
I am an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine. I have served as a mentor for various youth programs via The Global STEM Alliance, an ambassador for the New York Academy of Sciences, was a teaching assistant through the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard, and sit on The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine.
In late May 2019, I joined W. P. Carey, one of today's largest net lease real estate investment trust (REIT)s, as a designer, where I lead the development and execution of creative communication assets, with an emphasis on digital engagement and storytelling. W. P. Carey has a diversified portfolio of high-quality, operationally-critical commercial real estate. I divide my creative work between W. P. Carey and By Mnemosyne.
AGENCIES/ STUDIOS/ COMPANIES WORK(ED) FOR...
AR New York—(6m Freelance)
Bloomberg L.P.—(9m Freelance)
Production (Marketing) Designer
By Mnemosyne—(6yrs Ind. Practice)
Founder & Director
Crown Acquisitions—(1yr Employee)
Exec. Assistant & Creative Manager
Jack Morton Worldwide—(3.5yrs Permalance)
New Business & Presentation Designer
Marketing & Education Designer
Dalzell Productions—(3yrs Seasonal Freelance)
Douglas Elliman—(6m Freelance)
Edelman—( 2yrs Employee & Freelance)
The Knot—(3m Freelance)
Lucky Duck Productions—(2m Internship)
Production & Production Design Intern
MA Architects—(2yrs Permalance)
Interior Designer & Arch. Assistant
Mama Glow—(2yrs Freelance)
May Lindstrom Skin—(9yrs Freelance)
Web & Digital Communication Designer
MTV Networks—(3m Internship)
Special Events Art Intern
Power Pilates—(9m Permalance)
Rolling Stone Magazine—(3m Internship)
The Seventh Art—(9m Employee)
Art & Innovation Director
Sterling Brands—(1yr Employee)
Creative Manager-Design Intelligence Division
Birth Doula, Lifestyle consultant, & Designer
2014—Current (Member) The New York Academy of Medicine
2012—2019 (Member) The New York Academy of Sciences
2017—Current (Committee Member) The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine; 2017—(Co-chair) Wonderful World: Friends of Music Therapy’s Gala
2018 & 2016—(Teaching Assistant) Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures, taught via Harvard X on edX.org, Cambridge, MA (ONLINE) SPRING ’16 & SPRING ’18
2017—(STEM Mentor) Billion Oysters Project, Summer Learning Youth Camp (Grades 5-6), presented by the Billion Oysters Project, Good Shepherd Services, and the NYC Department of Educations
2017—(STEM Mentor) Various programs presented by the Global STEM Alliance
2007—2012 (Birth Doula) Trained and certified through DONA International
2011—Completion of a 35-Hour Course of Study in Core Competencies for Community Health Workers, sponsored by the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and Columbia University
2011—ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop
2011—Completion of various sex and sexuality educational and community outreach training workshops through Planned Parenthood of NYC
2003—(Care provider) Live-in care provider for woman with Alzheimer’s
2012-2016—Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Harvard Extension School
2012-2015—Religious Studies and Education Certificate, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School
2000-2004—Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, with a Sustainability Concentration, Fashion Institute of Technology
2018—(Learning Facilitator) Marvel’s Black Panther STEM DAY, presented by Marvel and BazanED, in partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences, NY Power Authority, Microsoft, Ghetto Film School, and BioBus
2017—(Panelist) Global Symposium 2017 New York: Focus on STEM in the Media, presented by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Google
2014—(Presenter) “Pioneers of Medical Education and the Spice Trade: Leiden University as a Catalyst for the Dutch Golden Age,” presented at the 4th Annual History of Medicine Night-Part 2; hosted by The New York Academy of Medicine
2012—(Presenter) “Psychological Colonization of the Mind,” presented for a class held at Lesley University
2009—(Panelist) On being a birth doula, presented by The Pregnant New Yorker
EXHIBITS & STORYTELLING
2015—(Artist & Curator) Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars installation and exhibit for the 10-year anniversary of Chicken & Egg Pictures, presented by Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Art Directors Club, and Shutterstock
2015—(Designer, Historian, & Storyteller) True Mirror: A history of mirrors, mythology, STEM, and the arts; Presented at the first annual festival of arts and ideas, hosted by the Onassis Cultural Center NY and the Onassis Foundation.
2016—Minerva’s Army and the Battle for Green Gold: Leiden University as a Catalyst for the Seventeenth Century Spice Trade. Master's thesis, Harvard Extension School. https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/33797284
2013 —Coverage of, “The Whispering Mind: The Enduring Conundrum of Consciousness” Panel, held at the 6th Annual World Science Festival in NYC. www.worldsciencefestival.com/2013/06/a_debate_on_consciousness/
2009—Articles written for Inhabitots
The Green Doula’s 10 Childbirth Preparation Tips. https://inhabitat.com/inhabitots/10-doula-recommended-childbirth-preparation-tips/
Summertime Bamboo Accessories for Breastfeeding Moms. https://inhabitat.com/inhabitots/bamboo-essentials-3-great-picks-for-the-breastfeeding-mother/
5 Ways to Green Your Baby’s Nursery. https://inhabitat.com/inhabitots/5-ways-to-green-your-nursery/
3 Eco-Friendly Baby Wipe Choices. https://inhabitat.com/inhabitots/3-eco-friendly-wipe-picks/
2009—2006: Articles samples written for Eco-chick
“The Breast Cancer and Lotion Connection.” http://eco-chick.com/2009/01/2212/the-breast-cancer-and-lotion-connection/
“Melamine in Infant Formulas; What's Safe, What's Not?” http://eco-chick.com/2008/12/1963/melamine-in-infant-formulas-whats-safe-whats-not/
“The Future Lifecyle of Women’s Health Care?” http://eco-chick.com/2008/11/1657/the-future-lifecyle-of-womens-health-care/
“Create a Gorgeous, Sustainable Holiday Table.” http://eco-chick.com/2008/11/1666/create-a-gorgeous-sustainable-holiday-table/
“Breaking the Silence with Congo Week.” http://eco-chick.com/2008/10/1554/breaking-the-silence-with-congo-week/
“Fashion Lessons for Eco-Chicklets.” http://eco-chick.com/2008/10/1458/fashion-lessons-for-eco-chicklets/
“The New Green Gem.” http://eco-chick.com/2006/04/258/the-new-green-gem/
WOMEN'S RIGHTS WORK
2010-2012—Advocacy Committee Member, Choices in Childbirth
2005-2008—Volunteer Producer and Fundraiser, V-Day