Matilda joins the American Bar Foundation’s Future of Latino’s initiative as a research assistant. In this supportive role, she assists project directors in planning and executing regional roundtables and summits, as well as other administrative needs. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation Documenting Lives: the Material and Social Life of Case Files in the U.S. Foster Care System examines the intermingling of lives surrounding bureaucracies involved in child welfare and social service administration more broadly. She also instructs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elmhurst College, and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
At the American Bar Foundation (ABF), Danielle is responsible for elevating the organization’s visibility to its stakeholders and to the general public through media relations, public relations, marketing and special events. She assists in the creation and dissemination of content and research to news media, funders, the legal academy and other stakeholders.
Before joining the American Bar Foundation, Danielle worked as a Research Assistant for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she was one of the lead researchers for Crain’s 2017 “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” list, an annual directory of the most influential people in business in Chicago. Prior to Crain’s, Danielle worked as a staff writer for 22nd Century Media, reporting on over 200 news and lifestyle features for print and online editions of weekly community newspapers in Chicago’s north suburbs, and as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering over 100 news and features articles on politics, education, business, arts and culture. Early on in her career, Danielle interned for Agate Publishing, a small independent publishing house in Evanston, IL, where she gained valuable skills in proofreading, copyediting, and marketing related to book publishing. She has worked as a freelance writer for Make It Better magazine (a lifestyle magazine on Chicago’s North Shore) and USGBC+ (the membership magazine of the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C.). Danielle currently writes for Lake & Country Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication that is based in southeastern Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in English from Vassar College.