Dr. Danielle Kraaijvanger is a researcher, non-profit advisor, and long-time human rights and environmental advocate. She completed an Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco in 2019. Her dissertation research centered on human rights education and human trafficking prevention, examining the work of a nongovernmental anti-human trafficking organization in Mumbai, India. Additional research interests include women’s empowerment and leadership, girls’ education, and the gendered dimensions of human trafficking. Kraaijvanger is currently engaged in research on the impact of nonprofit education programs aimed at assisting young women from underprivileged backgrounds entering the workforce in India.
Kraaijvanger has been a non-profit consultant and advisor for over a decade. Her experience ranges from creating and directing strategic plans, executing marketing and promotional campaigns, developing outreach programs, fundraising and development, cultivating productive relationships across all hierarchies, to producing international conferences and policy tours. She is the former Executive Director of the Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), a non-profit organization focused on environmental sustainability strategies emphasizing long-term partnerships between government entities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. During her tenure at RRI, she served as a Board member of the International Network of Green Planners.
Kraaijvanger has also advised and partnered with a number of organizations focused on human rights and issues affecting women globally. She served as an Ambassador to Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives through human rights awareness education and job skills training. She is a Charter Member of the Council of the Bay Area for Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting and empowering women leaders in the areas of economic empowerment, women's political participation, and human rights. And she currently serves as a member of the San Francisco Executive Committee for Human Rights Watch.
In addition to her Ed.D., Kraaijvanger received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Political Economy from the University of Amsterdam. She is fluent in English and Spanish.