Joint Visiting Fellow
Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Danielle Cerny is a joint Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. In this role, Cerny supported the design and implementation of Chicago’s guaranteed income pilot, with an emphasis on centering equity in the program’s outreach and engagement strategies. Most recently, Cerny served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, managing a portfolio of agencies – including all health and human services and administration agencies – to advance the Governor’s legislative, budgetary, and policy priorities. Cerny also led development of the Governor’s second term strategic priorities, redesigned the State’s budget process to enable more evidence-based decision-making, and project managed the State’s COVID-19 response. Prior to her time in the Rhode Island Governor’s Office, Cerny served as a Program Director with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab and Social Innovation Finance Manager for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance. Cerny holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and a B.A. with honors in Public Policy from Brown University.