Danielle Ezell is recognized as a community leader who has been on the frontlines fighting to improve Oklahoma.
As the former executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, Danielle helped pass laws that have helped thousands of Oklahomans. She fought to protect our vote on State Question 780, which will reduce the prison population and make Oklahoma communities safer. She has worked tirelessly with other community leaders to pass legislation that will help victims of domestic violence. And she has been an advocate for working families by fighting for equal pay and paid family leave legislation.
She has also seen firsthand how the mismanagement of the state’s budget is devastating education. Danielle has served as an Oklahoma Public School Principal for a Day, been a reading mentor for struggling third graders and taught high schoolers at NE Academy about entrepreneurism.
As a former small business owner and corporate executive, Danielle has the business savvy, education and experience to understand our state’s complex budget and to work to fund education and other programs that directly impact Oklahoma’s future.
During her career, she has been recognized many times as a community leader and volunteer. She currently serves on the board of the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform coalition. She has also served on the board of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma City; was a board member and financial committee member for the Central Workforce Investment Board; and recently joined the board of the Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center at UCO. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, a program working to develop community leaders and volunteers.
Danielle has lived in the Oklahoma City area her entire adult life. She is a graduate of Syracuse University as well as Oklahoma City University, where she earned her MBA while working full-time. Danielle and her husband, Joe Smith, have three teenagers. The family attends St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.