Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is President & Chief Executive Officer of The Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. The global The Children movement currently serves over 157 million children in the US and in 120 countries. As a global organization, The Children has committed to driving down the numbers of preventable deaths of children under 5, ensuring every child gets a high-quality basic education and protecting all children from harm.

Miles joined the U.S. organization in 1998, was COO from 2004-2011, and became President and CEO in September 2011. Under her senior leadership, the organization has more than doubled the number of children it reaches with nutrition, health, education and other programs. Resources were just under $800m in 2017. Miles' signature issues include hunger, learning outcomes, and ending preventable child deaths.

Prior to The Children, she worked in the private sector in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While in Asia, she confronted the deprivation of the region’s children, which motivated her to dedicate her life to their welfare.

Smith has served on numerous boards, including Doerr Institute, Blackbaud, InterAction, USGLC, MFAN, Academy of Education, Arts and Sciences, FSG and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she received her MBA. In addition to her current service on the Darden Board, she is the Co-Chair of the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and is the Chair of InterAction, the largest coalition of US-based NGOs. In 2015, Miles was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine and inducted into the CT Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2017 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia. Miles is married with 3 children.

Follow Danielle via her blog, Never for Miles or on Twitter @daniellesave.

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