Design Strategist & Social Impact Innovator

Design Strategist & Social Impact Innovator

Dani is a designer, changemaker, and educator, who uses her work to help transform our current systems by nudging them towards more sustainable and equitable futures.

Dani V Sanchez


I use design and innovation processes to address complex challenges and create socially impactful innovations that improve the lives of people and the state of our planet.

My work sits at the intersection between human-centered design, sustainability strategies, and systems thinking. I have experience using design and innovation processes for both the public and private sector, and have worked across a wide range of industries, including: education, food, social services, health, and technology. Along the way I have worked for and with Dalberg Design, USAID, Facebook, Parsons School of Design, Foossa, Freshkills Park Alliance, West Point Academy, and a series of design studios.

Currently, I am working with Dalberg and Facebook to empower leaders around the world to take action and scale their social impact centered communities and organizations. To do so, my team and I are helping Facebook iterate-on and develop a community leadership program, while simultaneously providing mentoring training and support to participants across North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa regions. In addition to this, I am also working with Parsons, The New School for Design, and the Freshkills Park Alliance to help cultivate sustainable practices in American youth by addressing the educational gap of outdated pedagogical models found in high schools across the United States. To do so, my team and I are developing a toolkit that provides educators with the tools needed to build reflective and actionable sustainable practice in students, while also offering a variety of strategies to tackle crucial environmental subjects.

Prior to this, I collaborated with Dalberg Design and IGES to enable and empower communities vulnerable to mosquito borne diseases to become central actors in their city’s or village’s public health policy. The project ultimately lead to the creation of a platform that uses citizen science to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and provide public health actors with access to high quality validated data. 

In the past, I have worked as an Art Director and Communication Designer, leading the development, campaigns, and branding design of various new small businesses. In addition to this I have also created work that expands from user interfaces to campaigns and motion graphics for companies like Siemens, CAF the Development Bank of Latin America, Discovery Communications, HBO, Viacom, and Psychologies Magazine.


When not working as a Design Strategist, I can be found teaching at Parsons, hiking and exploring nature, biking across NYC, running, or reading anything by Alain de Botton.