Danielle Mezera, Ph.D

Presently, Danielle serves as principal consultant and freelancer with DCM Consulting. She regularly works with clients at the national, state, and local levels on Career and Technical Education and on K-16 education-to-career learning models. Prior to this, Danielle served 5 ½ years as the Assistant Commissioner for College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE).

As Assistant Commissioner for CCTE, Danielle oversaw the state’s vision, approach and implementation of career and technical education curricula, industry-valued certifications and exams, portfolio of early postsecondary courses and exams, administration of ACT/SAT, K-12 school counseling, and work-based learning and service-learning programs. She also administrated Carl Perkins federal funding for the state’s K-12 and postsecondary systems. During her tenure, she led a systemwide overhaul of the state’s career and technical education program, resulting in the development and full implementation of rigorous, aligned programs of study and course curricula, program supports, and student capstone experiences.

Prior to joining the state, Danielle served five years as Director of Children and Youth with the Office of the Mayor for Nashville and Davidson County. In that position, she served as chief education policy advisor for Mayor Bill Purcell and Mayor Karl Dean.

Before entering public service, Danielle served as a director at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies. During her 10+ years tenure at Vanderbilt University, she held various senior level positions in university administration.

Danielle holds a B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. in education.