Executive Director, Growing Home
Danielle Perry is the Executive Director of Growing Home. With Chicago’s first and only high- production, USDA-certified organic farms, Growing Home runs an innovative employment training program that uses urban agriculture to teach job skills for individuals with barriers to employment. The organization strives to provide affordable, healthy food and food education to the Greater Englewood community, where the farm is located.
Prior to joining Growing Home, Danielle was the Director of Communications and Outreach at the City of Chicago’s Office of Inspector General, where she was responsible for engaging communities around the City about police accountability and government efficiency through strategic partnerships and public engagement. Danielle returned to Chicago after serving in the Obama Administration as a Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture. During her tenure at USDA, she led a National Community and School Garden Initiative in food insecure communities around the country. Prior to her presidential appointment, she was a Congressional Aide for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, where she managed a portfolio that included Social Security, healthcare, and civil rights issues.
Perry earned a BA in Political Science from Howard University and a JD from Howard University School of Law.