Speaker

Danielle Decker

Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

Biography

I started my career in government as a staff assistant for former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. I then joined the Hispanic College Fund as legislative liaison (now the Hispanic Scholarship Fund). I joined the Obama administration in 2012, working at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and was detailed to Texas under HHS to boost Latino enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. After various campaigns, I returned to WI to work as a municipal lobbyist for the City of Milwaukee, successfully enacting bipartisan firearms safety legislation signed into law in 2018.

I joined the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, managing the Convention’s relationship with the 56 states and territories and overseeing the political aspects of the virtual Roll Call.

Following the DNCC, I joined BFP as part of the national political team, and served as the Coalitions Director on the 2021 PIC managing the Welcome program and the three coalition-specific events (Latino, AAPI, and Black American).

I joined the Administration in May 2021 and serve as the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at DOI, managing a large portfolio including parks, species, municipal associations, and Puerto Rico. This fall, I completed a detail to DHS’ Operation Allies Welcome, where I led external relations at Marine Corps Base Quantico.