Danielle J. Harris

Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation, Elemental Excelerator

Danielle J. Harris is a passionate advocate for environmental and racial justice. She believes a more inclusive and collaborative approach is the key to tackling big problems like social inequity and climate change. Her overlapping, and at times contradicting, identities have empowered her to activate unconventional teams that together develop people-centered, innovative solutions. Danielle leads with empathy because an acceptance and understanding of differences will support more equitable social structures and sustainable environments.

Danielle is a natural at finding audiences. Her authenticity, vulnerability and humor captivates and inspires people to reimagine our lives, cities, and society. As Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, she invigorates hearts and minds to achieve an equitable and resilient transition of markets, environments, and neighborhoods in response to the climate crisis. Previously, Danielle led Elemental’s mobility strategy as Director of Mobility Innovation, enhancing the breadth and depth as well as diversity of the portfolio. Prior to joining Elemental, Danielle had a nine-year career at the City and County of San Francisco where she witnessed first hand the impact of tech on the city, which led to her shaping the SFMTA’s Office of Innovation. That office was a unique team rooted in genuine curiosity, collaboration, and compassion responsible for assessing and integrating emerging technologies in San Francisco and facilitating the evolution in the transportation sector. She chooses empathy and innovation as her magic wand to resolve the challenges of today, while striving to unlock the potential of tomorrow.


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