The Washington Business Journal announced this year's Women Who Mean Business honorees, celebrating excellence in leadership – including Crimsonbridge Foundation President & CEO Danielle M. Reyes.
Since the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s inception in 2015, Danielle has led the design, strategic development, and implementation of the foundation’s programs and operations. As an entrepreneur and veteran leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, she designs innovative philanthropic approaches and initiatives that integrate equity, technology, and communications to foster authentic community-based partnerships that drive change.
Danielle’s leadership and the work of the foundation have been greatly informed by her personal and professional experiences as a woman of color and a leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector of this region over the past 25 years. Among these programs is the LeaderBridge initiative which she designed alongside Crimsonbridge founder, Gabriela Smith, to address the gap between leaders of color seeking professional development and the programs that offer it. LeaderBridge centers on inclusive and equitable leadership development as a driver toward a more inclusive and representative leadership landscape in the DC region. Through LeaderBridge, her team vets, curates, promotes, and makes leadership development programming accessible to nonprofit leaders of color at local community-based organizations, which flourished through the pandemic. To date, it has supported and engaged more than 150 nonprofit leaders of color and underrepresented identities from the Greater Washington region in leadership development programming. It partners with more than a dozen nonprofit and for-profit program providers, contributing to their equity and inclusion strategies. The LeaderBridge Network comprises an incredibly diverse range of leaders, from emerging leaders to founders who represent more than 120 nonprofit organizations.
“I am honored and grateful to serve as the CEO of Crimsonbridge Foundation, and to join this amazing group as one of 25 Women Who Mean Business in 2023,” says Danielle. “What a fantastic reason to celebrate more than 500 distinguished leaders who’ve made meaningful contributions to the Washington-area community through their professional and philanthropic work. I look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary with the whole group of honorees.”
According to the Washington Business Journal, honorees were selected from hundreds of nominations from Greater Washington's business and nonprofit sectors and represent a diverse group of industries, backgrounds, and jurisdictions from around the region.
All honorees are featured in a special section of the Washington Business, for more details visit: www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/feature/women-who-mean-business/2023