“The appreciation for diversity has allowed me to be bold, speak up and speak out.”
Daniella was born in the U.K. but has called Maryland, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Canada home. Her studies of economics and statistics took Daniella to the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degree, and she received her MBA at Clark Atlanta University. When it came time to launch her career though, Daniella chose Northern Virginia.
Eight years later, she still praises the region for its plentiful career opportunities and industry sectors, supportive community, diverse population and vibrant social scene. When Daniella isn’t onboarding fintech vendors across the nation or using big data and analysis to grow Freddie Mac’s various product offerings, she’s working on Freddie Mac’s Polaris program, the development program for diverse employees she founded in 2019. So far, approximately 70 percent of candidates in the first-ever Polaris cohort have either entered new roles, been promoted or are currently in stretch roles. Daniella attributes a large factor of the program’s success to Freddie Mac’s inclusive culture.
- Where She Grew Up Manchester, England; Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Current Home Fairfax, VA
- Industry Financial Services
“We all have opportunities to trailblaze in this region,” said Daniella.
In her free time, you might find Daniella networking with fellow young professionals in the region, enjoying the arts or a show at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in D.C., hitting up a spin class at CycleBar Falls Church, grabbing a bite with friends at Our Mom Eugenia and on weekends out in Leesburg cheering on local professional rugby team, Old Glory.
“There is no place like Northern Virginia,” said Daniella. “Opportunity really does abound here. The companies here aren’t just companies— they’re top-tier companies with top-tier benefits that really pull you and keep you in the area.”
Connect with Daniella on LinkedIn here.