Danielle Mezera


Danielle Mezera began collaborating with Education Strategy Group in April 2017, specializing in K-12 and postsecondary education and the intersection of these to inform strong development of education-to-career learning pathways. She helps to advance ESG’s work on college and career readiness and postsecondary credential attainment.

Danielle previously served as Assistant Commissioner for College, Career and Technical Education at the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). As Assistant Commissioner, Danielle led the state’s efforts to develop and promote strong K-12 and postsecondary strategies to create a more educated and skilled citizenry in Tennessee. This included work within middle and secondary career-technical education (CTE) course curricula, early postsecondary courses and exams, school counseling, secondary-postsecondary matriculation, capstone industry certifications, work-based learning, personalized learning, and ACT/SAT exams and prep strategies. In addition, Danielle oversaw the Pathways Tennessee and New Skills For Youth initiatives.

Prior to assuming her role with the state, Danielle served as Director of Children and Youth for the Mayor’s Office of Nashville & Davidson County Government. In that position, she served as chief education policy advisor for Mayors Purcell and Dean, overseeing matters pertaining to the education, health and well-being of Davidson County’s citizens (0-21 years of age).

Before entering public service, Danielle served as a director at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies. During her full tenure at Vanderbilt University, she held various other senior level positions in university administration. Danielle holds a B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. in education.

Why are you in this work?

I firmly believe the adage – “the whole is greater than the sum of its part” when envisioning what all must be a part of a learning experience that brims with vitality and possibility. Too often though, this vision is just that – a vision. So, why I am in this work? Because I also firmly believe that the odds can be changed and what was simply a vision can become a reality.

Why ESG?

ESG is a driven organization committed to changing the odds when it comes to the learning experiences of our students. It is not afraid to ask the hard questions in order to drive stronger, more aligned policy and practice.

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