Danielle D. North
Executive Director, Degree Forward & Partner of Diploma Equity
North is a wife, mother of three, long-distance runner, author and serial entrepreneur. North
holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University. North is a cradle to career strategist that specializes in operational effectiveness and driving ideas from paper to process to implementation.
North is the Founding Executive Director of Degree Forward and Partner of Diploma Equity
Project. Degree Forward achieves its mission by offering an accelerated, affordable, and
achievable degree program for working professionals and adults through its college partner.
This groundbreaking, competency-based model has been highly effective for adult degree
North is a 2012 alumni of the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship. A Detroit Free Press, Shining Light Mayor Dave Bing Future Leader Awardee. 2021 Crain's Detroit Business 40 under 40 Honoree. North received the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2022.