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Danielle Vetter

Senior Program Officer – Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training
Partnering with current and potential grantees and other funders to elevate opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can better achieve their postsecondary educational and career goals.

Danielle Vetter is a senior program officer at Ascendium. She is responsible for leading strategic grantmaking in Ascendium’s Support Rural Education and Workforce Training focus area, which seeks to expand education and workforce training opportunities for rural learners. She joined the organization in 2019.

Previously, she worked for global manufacturing company Cummins, strengthening the global workforce by helping leadership manage talent. Based in Columbus, Indiana, she designed and implemented the company's diversity and inclusion strategy. Her time there focused on workforce development, employee training programs and managing relationships with community partners and postsecondary providers. In her previous role with Cummins, Danielle managed charitable spending through the Cummins Foundation Community Development Grant program. Danielle began her career in Washington, D.C. at KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play. She managed a network of mayors and partnered with them on how to make community policies, programs and infrastructure stronger for healthier citizens. Outside of Ascendium, Danielle serves on the board of directors for Benefit.Design.

Raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, Danielle earned Master of Public Affairs and Bachelor of Science degrees in Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University Bloomington. Danielle is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Human-Centered Design Practitioner.

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