Danya works directly with Elemental Excelerator’s agriculture and circular economy portfolio companies to help them co-design and implement successful projects, identify follow-on funders and customers, and scale their products and services. With an eye for both transformational change in the places we work and for our companies exponential growth, Danya provides tailored services and strategy. Sitting at the heart of the accelerator, she provides value to our portfolio companies and manages connections to industry.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Danya previously managed Elemental Excelerator’s agriculture and water portfolio. Before Elemental, Danya was the Program Director for Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety, a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for local and regenerative food systems. Danya also worked with Elemental portfolio company, Kunoa Cattle Company, as their Outreach Manager. She has a background in freelance filmmaking, where she worked for over five years producing television programs and web-based video for National Geographic and Discovery Communications.

She holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where she focused on resource-based conflict, and a B.A. in Communications and Business Management from Virginia Tech University. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and resides in Honolulu.

Outside of the office

You can find her exploring – whether it be hiking in the woods, sailing across the islands, or (attempting) to cook some delicious Syrian food.