Chief Operating Officer
Danya joined United Way of Salt Lake in 2012, in our collective impact department and as the organization’s first director of continuous improvement. She then supported our outcomes-focused networks before moving into operational roles. She believes that a Utah where everyone has the opportunity for health, joy, and fulfillment is possible if we embrace what comes when we listen to each other, imagine more equitable ways, work together, and try the untried things. She’s inspired every day by her teammates, partners, and the community in Utah.
Before joining the UWSL team, Danya spent almost a decade at the International Rescue Committee, first supporting refugee resettlement in New York and New Jersey and then providing strategic assistance to US-based refugee-led organizations. She also served as the director of career advancement for the City of New York and the director of work readiness services at a Brooklyn-based non-profit called The HOPE Program, helping individuals to find work and advance in their careers.
Danya holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from New York University. She is a Utah Business Magazine 2021 CxO of the Year honoree. Outside of work, Danya cycles, writes, reads, and tries to keep up with her husband, John, and their energetic and curious young boys.