Danielle Simms serves as the National Advocacy Manager at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Based in our Federal Policy Office in Washington, DC, she is responsible for developing and executing impactful and comprehensive advocacy campaigns on behalf of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum, an alliance of 54 environmental justice organizations based in 22 states.
Danielle has several years of experience in climate and environmental advocacy and has worked to pass and defend environmental policies; developed national youth-led energy projects; organized to stop the Keystone XL pipeline; and elect climate leaders at all levels of government. Prior to her current role, Danielle spent more than seven years financial and legislative roles for now House Cities, Counties, and Towns Committee Chair Delegate Kaye Kory (D-38), and current Majority Leader Delegate Charniele Herring (D-46) in the Virginia General Assembly.
In her role as Political Director for the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Danielle managed a state PAC, oversaw its endorsement process, and a $1.5 million political program that included direct mail, digital and radio ads, and grassroots organizing for 16 state House and Senate candidates. As a lobbyist, Danielle led the Virginia environmental community in crafting and lobbying 32 pieces of legislation regarding clean energy and climate change, environmental health and plastic pollution, coastal resilience, and land conservation and transportation. Her team supported the passage of 100 bills during the 2020 legislative session, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), and others related to PFAS, environmental health, and the creation of a permanent environmental justice council.
Danielle graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a B.S. in Environmental Science, is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership-College Leaders Program, earned her master’s degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, and recently studied Climate Change & Health at the Yale School of Public Health. She first became interested in climate and environmental justice issues after attending the 1st youth climate conference, Power Shift 2007.