Danielle has dedicated her life to serving our country and our community.
Danielle’s first day serving our country was September 10, 2001. Inspired by the decorated military service of her grandfather, an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and the small town values she learned growing up in Eastern Washington, she has spent her life in service to our country and our community.
Her diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State covered nearly 14 years from 2001-2015 and spanned the globe, including with danger and hardship posts at the U.S. Embassies in Beirut, Lebanon and Jakarta, Indonesia. She had special assignments as advisor to a U.S. Senator on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees and later as a diplomatic advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Danielle has worked with representatives of both Republican and Democratic administrations, proudly advancing America’s interests first. She was both on the personal staff of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and on the National Security Council staff during the Obama White House.
In 2015, Danielle returned home to Eastern Washington to serve as the CEO of Sherwood Trust; with over $30 million in assets, it is the largest private foundation serving Walla Walla and Columbia counties. Over the more than four years that she led Sherwood Trust, she oversaw investments in a range of initiatives that created jobs, improved community infrastructure, and strengthened nonprofit operations and programs.
Raised in Moses Lake, Washington, Danielle graduated cum laude from Whitman College, which she was able to attend on a women’s leadership scholarship established by the same family that created Sherwood Trust. She earned a Master in Public Administration at Columbia University on a full ride scholarship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and U.S. Department of State.
Danielle currently serves as the Vice Chair on Whitman’s Presidential Advisory Board and a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. She is also a member of Walla Walla’s Noon Rotary Club and participates in committees for two local nonprofits, the YWCA and Community Council.
Her husband, Todd Reser, is a fifth-generation farmer from a family that also has a long commitment to public and community service.
She received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for her work assisting the victims of the 2002 terrorist attacks in Bali, Indonesia.
She received the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Awards for her efforts to counter terrorism in Europe.
In 2019 she received Exponent Philanthropy’s national “Outsized Impact” award for her advocacy for rural philanthropy.
In 2017 she received Philanthropy Northwest’s “Ambassador of the Year” award for her advocacy for the philanthropic network.