Dani has been involved with El Sistema, both in Venezuela and in the US. Born in Milan, Italy, and raised in the US, she arrived in Venezuela at the age of 17 and started studying with Valdemar Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of El Sistema, and has volunteered with El Sistema ever since. She is a passionate advocate for quality music programs that ignite social change by improving the lives of children, based on the El Sistema model. Her education was in Venezuela, with a degree in business administration. She worked in Paris, France for the Credit Lyonnaise Bank and in Caracas, Venezuela as an Invercapital Securities Assistant Broker and later as Executive Vice-President of Iskia, S.A., Venezuela’s prime bridal registry chain of stores.
Dani helped found First Notes, in Vail, Colorado, and was a former member of the Advisory Board of Bravo! Music Festival in Vail Valley, Co. She currently serves on the Boards of Kidznotes (Durham, NC), Vision Into Art Foundation (New York, NY), Harmony Program (NY, NY). She is on the Education Committee of the New York Philharmonic in New York City, is a member of the International Board of Lang Lang Piano Foundation in NYC, a member of the Advisory Board of Tutti Dynamiics in New Orleans, and a member of the Board of Overseers of New England Conservatory, in Boston, Ma.
She was appointed to the El Sistema USA Board of Directors in the fall of 2016.