Danielle Lanyard is the Founder and CEO of Village Green and the Green Breakfast Club. Her life and work experience blends environmental study, community action, business development, and being at the right place at the right time. Her activism work began as a child in her own backyard and now spans two decades and four continents, including a B.A. in Community Psychology and a minor in Environmental Studies.
While abroad, Danielle created and taught Laos's first course in Sustainable Development, served as an Environmental Ed trainee in the Peace Corps in Senegal, worked in Berlin as the Development Director for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, and volunteered and bartered her way around the world. Back in the US, she became a serial social entrepreneur, where she is the founder of Green Breakfast Club a monthly networking event series that is a peer to peer resource exchange for green entrepreneurs. This grew into Green Cocktail Club and Green Film Club, and will ultimately evolve into Village Green, where Danielle is launching New York’s first center for triple bottom line entrepreneurship.
Creating things out of thin air for the purposes of the global community’s mutual benefit is her favorite pastime, teaching others how to do it, a close second. Danielle created and teaches open lectures on how to launch a startup at both the Foundation Center and the New York Public Library, and produces content and events on mission driven startups throughout New York. She tweaks her core program for different fields and groups: social enterprise, nonprofit, arts for social change; and focuses on resource sharing approaches towards effecting change. Danielle has been creating unique curricula and programs her entire life, and weaves this with professional training and real life in the trenches experience that combines grassroots, government, online, offline and whole systems strategy towards launching startups and projects that benefit people, profit and planet.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she also attended the NYU Graduate School of Community Psychology and The Evergreen State College.