Dr. Danielle Prendergast is an empowerment coach, trainer, and strategist
committed to uplifting and helping women and communities of color succeed.
As an empowerment coach, trainer, and strategist, my mission to uplift, inspire, and support high achieving women of color who dare to conquer limiting beliefs and barriers, reclaim their magic, and live and lead out loud authentically.
After years of playing small and undervaluing myself, I finally had an a-ha, epiphany, WTF moment. I realized that one of the biggest obstacles keeping me from living a life in alignment with my dreams and values was me. Specifically, it was the limiting beliefs and self-doubts that I allowed to dominate my thoughts that held me back. After years of insecurity, I did the work to shift my mindset and stand in my power. Then I found my joy in helping other women of color to stop playing safe and manifest their own melanin magic.
I come to this work with years of experience in teaching and advocacy. I am a professorial lecturer in political science, having taught and mentored traditional, non-traditional and under-represented students for over a decade. My research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of race, politics, and public policy and are informed by over 20 years of experience as a policy specialist and advocate committed to addressing issues of access and equity on behalf of vulnerable and under-served communities. I have lobbied before Congress and state legislatures in Maryland, Florida, and Georgia on energy and the environment, civil rights and liberties, and K-12 and higher education issues.
I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from American University, a master's degree in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland at College Park.