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danielle williams

Founder, Melanin Base Camp
Executive Director, Team Blackstar Skydivers


Danielle Williams is the Founder of DiversifyOutdoors.com and the Senior Editor of blogging platform Melanin Base Camp. She's been a strong advocate for diversity in outdoor adventure sports since 2014 when she co-founded Team Blackstar Skydivers. In the last 12 months, Danielle has been busy building a network of outdoor diversity and inclusion organizations, advocates and influencers around the hashtag #DiversifyOutdoors. As an African American disabled skydiver with over 600 jumps, she's happiest when subverting stereotypes and expanding narratives of what it means to be active in the Outdoors.  Her love of adventure sports began in 2006 when the Army threw her out of her first plane. Danielle graduated from Harvard in 2008 and spent the next ten years in the U.S. Army with combat deployments in Iraq and the Philippines. During that time she was influential in growing Team Blackstar from six African American parachutists to a diverse group of 270 skydivers in six countries. On the weekends you can find her indulging her favorite outdoor therapy: barefoot skydiving or pushing her walker around the bonfire with a little help from her friends. If you want to know what an outdoor person looks like look in the mirror! For media inquiries, marketing or for more information contact her at danielle@melaninbasecamp.com


*CV available upon request
*Available for speaking engagements