Danielle Atkinson

Danielle Atkinson is the founding director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mama activists. Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with such organizations as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection and ACORN. In 2012, Ms. Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization. Mothering Justice has trained more than 300 women, reached over 50,000 mothers in voter engagement efforts, led Mama Conversations around Michigan, and drafted the Mamas Agenda, a policy priority plan addressing financial stability issues of mothers. Ms. Atkinson helped lead organizing efforts to raise the minimum wage in both Florida and Michigan, and is currently leading Michigan’s earned paid sick time ballot campaign. Awards include:

  • 2013 Michigan Organizer of the Year Award

  • 2015 Black Women’s Roundtable Association’s SiSTAR Award

  • 2016 National Congress of Black Women-Oakland County Annual Pioneers and Leaders Award Ceremony

  • 2017 Michigan Women & Progressive Caucus; & Progressive Outstanding Women & Empowerment Revolutionary Award

Ms. Atkinson received her Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Pfeiffer University and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, Frank, and their five children.