Danielle Simmons is the Executive Director of Helena.

Her main intellectual interests are in the fields of neuroscience, music, cosmology and consciousness.  A former associate with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Danielle represented private equity funds and corporations in the practice area of mergers and acquisitions while also working on pro bono matters ranging from 501(c)(3) formations to asylum applications. Prior to law, Danielle earned a two-year post-baccalaureate research-training award with National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in which she conducted research in the Molecular Mechanisms of Behavior Unit for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While at NIH she designed and conducted experiments concerning the molecular adaptations involved in learning and memory of drug and environment interactions and is published in various scientific journals including the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Neuroscience. 

In her spare time Danielle volunteers for UNICEF, including Co-Chairing the UNICEF Masquerade Ball and serving on the UNICEF Art Party Committee and Los Angeles Steering Committee.  She also enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing to live music (fav LA spot – the Troubadour!), hiding out in LACMA and visiting her hometown of Austin, TX whenever she can.

Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from University of Southern California and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.