Currently bi-coastal between Cambridge, MA and the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Deanna is passionate about eradicating income inequality in the United States by leveraging the public and private sectors to increase access to quality education and dignified employment opportunities.
Prior to graduate school, Deanna served as a labor policy consultant for the California State Senate’s committee on labor and industrial labor relations. There, she helped secure the passage of landmark legislation to protect and empower California workers, such as the first post-recession minimum wage increase and expansions to paid family leave. She also worked for the California Department of Finance, helping to manage the governor’s $900 million labor and workforce development budget.
Currently, Deanna is exploring how the private sector can be a force for good in their communities. Some projects she has recently worked on include creating a device to help a Rwandan social enterprise scale their business to identifying social impact blockchain applications for a venture capital firm. She has also spent her last two summers working on operations at Airbnb and business development at Omaze.
Deanna earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations. Last June, she earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and will complete her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School this spring.