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Danielle Nicole Motley-Lewis, M.P.A

Danielle Nicole Motley-Lewis is a graduate of the Government Alliance For Racial Equity (GARE) 2018 Northern California cohort. She brings to the work, ten plus years of cross-sectoral and nonprofit leadership experience. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of The Motley Collective (TMCo), a social impact consulting firm, that works primarily with organizations in the Bay Area and Metro Detroit that are concerned with policies and solutions to best support marginalized children, families and communities -- especially those impacted by mass incarceration and racial inequity. Danielle’s passion is driven by her lived experience and dedication for improving the life outcomes of these communities through advocacy, policy change and the creation of equitable opportunities.


Some of Ms. Motley-Lewis’ recent experience includes Technical Assistance Consultant and back-up Project Manager at Jeweld Legacy Group supporting the Strengthening Organizations to Address and End Homelessness in Oakland Capacity Building Program; Workforce Development Consultant at Lowe Consulting Group; Project and Outreach Manager at the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability; Project Co-Manager and Trainer for the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act of 2018 (California); Project Management of the Inaugural Bay Area Summit on Children of Incarcerated Parents; Managing Associate of Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership; Prisoner Re-entry program Co-Creator at the State Appellate Defender Office (Michigan), and Curriculum Design and Strategic Planning Consultant for Choices For Freedom. 


Prior to her work with TMCo, Ms. Motley-Lewis was the Office Manager at The Skillman Foundation in Detroit, whose mission is to improve the lives of children in Detroit.  At the Foundation she provided leadership and ingenuity in overseeing the organization of the foundations internal functionalities, including supporting the creation and implementation of best practice, policies and procedures for the Human Resources department. She also contributed to the mission of the organization by providing thoughtful programs, training, and leadership development opportunities for the Foundation’s high school and college interns.


Ms. Motley-Lewis currently serves as the policies and procedures sub-committee co-chair of the City of Alameda’s Policing and Racial Equity Task Force; co-treasurer of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA); former steering committee member of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership; former board treasurer of Initiate Justice; a graduate of the 2017 BWOPA/TILE DWJ Public Policy Fellowship program; and a 2017 graduate of Essie Justice Group’s Healing to Advocacy program.


Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership Development at the University of Michigan.

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