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Danielle Arigoni

Director, Livable Communities
Washington, DC
For nearly two decades, Danielle has been a leader in national-level efforts to expand the investment in sustainability and livability. Prior to joining AARP, Danielle worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where, as director of the office of economic development, she worked to improve sustainability through strategic investments in community-based planning, high-performance buildings and resilient infrastructure.

Danielle was the staff lead for the HUD Climate Council, created by then-Secretary Julian Castro, and was the staff representative to President Barack Obama's White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Danielle helped co-lead HUD's $1 billion award to states and localities through the 2016 National Disaster Resilience Competition.

In addition, Danielle helped to coordinate federal investments and policies to support more integrated, community-driven local land use and decision-making. She has led several interagency efforts, including serving as co-chair for the Community Solutions Council community of practice, co-lead for the award-finalist Urban Waters Federal Partnership, and as a central figure in the tri-agency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Danielle previously worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth program, where she won awards and led efforts to better integrate affordable housing into the smart growth movement. She helped lead the publication of two early seminal publications on smart growth, Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection and Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation.
Danielle holds a bachelor's degree in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in regional planning from Cornell University. She has worked as a strategy team director for the urban planning office of the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and town planner in Murang'a, Kenya.