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“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West

My name is Danielle Ancin, and I’m Prospera’s new Entrepreneur Success Coordinator. In my first few weeks at Prospera, I realized that something as simple as a name can sometimes require conversation!

My given name is Danielle, but in my years living and working abroad I got used to answering to Daniela. I love the way Daniela captures the root of my name as well as my gender in Spanish speaking contexts. As you might infer, I’m not Latina. I’m a white woman, East Bay native, dancer, and lover of languages, with a strong orientation toward justice.

I spent most of my 20’s living in other countries, and I didn’t think I would return to the US. But while working in Colombia in humanitarian assistance programs, I found that my passion lay not so much in international “development” work, but rather in the healing of trauma resulting from conflict, disaster, and structural violence.  

I returned to the Bay Area and spent the next eight years working with Niroga Institute, sharing trauma-informed mindfulness practices with incarcerated youth, teachers, and students. During that time, I learned a lot about my own racial identity and the history of systemic racism in the US. Desiring to center racial justice in my work, I started a business with my colleagues to advance racial equity and trauma healing in wellness businesses and nonprofits. 

I’m now in my third year as an entrepreneur, and it has been a struggle! I have juggled unstable side jobs to make space for the business, leading to financial and housing instability and rising stress levels. I realized that I needed to reevaluate my approach and take better care of myself. That’s when I found Prospera.

Now I find myself in an organization where I can apply my entrepreneurial experience to support others; where my values of popular education and social justice are echoed; where I am constantly inspired by the women around me; and where I feel a warmth and collective spirit that evokes my experiences working in Latin America. It’s a place where I can both contribute and deepen my knowledge in program evaluation systems, group facilitation, and promoting wellness across cultures. Best of all, I know that at Prospera we are building the kind of world I want to live in: a world of collaboration, wellbeing, and justice.  

To know more about Danielle check out our website. 
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