Danielle Sered currently serves as Executive Director of Common Justice, where she develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.
Danielle launched Common Justice as a 2009-2014 Stoneleigh Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island. Prior to joining Vera, Danielle worked at the Center for Court Innovation’s Harlem Community Justice Center, where she led its programs for court-involved and recently incarcerated youth. Danielle has designed programs that teach conflict resolution through the arts in schools and juvenile detention centers and has developed violence intervention and trauma-informed curricula. In addition, she has experience with a variety of mediation, restorative justice, and conflict resolution techniques.
Danielle participates on numerous councils and committees and is the author of The Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Responses to Violence. She also teaches restorative justice at the CUNY Silberman School of Social Work. Under her leadership, Common Justice received the Award for Innovation in Victim Services from Attorney General Eric Holder and the federal Office for Victims of Crime in 2012. She also received the 67th Precinct Council Award for Service and the Brown Memorial Baptist Church Extraordinary Woman Award.
Danielle holds a BA from Emory University and a master’s from New York University and Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.