Meet Daniella

Daniella Johnson is a passionate community leader, experienced project manager and sustainability practitioner who has dedicated her life to public service by working to better the lives of all Canadians. 

Daniella was born in Toronto, raised in Kitchener and holds on firmly to the values that were instilled in her by her grandparents and parents from a young age– the values of giving back, standing up for those who need it most, and working hard to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

A graduate of Western University, Daniella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and a certificate in Community Development. She also completed her MBA at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and sustainability (ESG) practitioner.

Daniella has worked tirelessly to support the development and growth of social purpose organizations, fostering meaningful and measurable impact in communities across Ontario and Canada as a whole. To start, Daniella began her career in social services with the Region of Waterloo as a caseworker for the Ontario Works program and at the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership, where she collaborated with cross-sectoral partners to facilitate the successful settlement, integration, and community involvement of immigrants and refugees.

Daniella later worked with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, and with LIFT Impact Partners, a national nonprofit committed to strengthening the capacity of social purpose organizations across Canada. In these roles, she led multiple capacity-building initiatives to support the nonprofit sector and supported the development of strong partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities.

Most recently, Daniella made the decision to transition into politics, running as a Federal Liberal candidate in the 2021 election. For Daniella, getting into politics was never about her, rather it was about continuing to serve the community and wanting to be an inspiration to young people, and young women in particular. 

Now, Daniella’s mission is to continue doing the important work needed to elevate the voices, concerns and aspirations of all Canadians while also standing up for the most critical issues impacting our communities today, from social justice to Indigenous reconciliation and climate action for a better today, and a better tomorrow.

Articles & Media

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