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Working for Sustainable Global Health Change

Danielle Piccinini ’06 - her Peace Corps experience in South Africa ignited her passion for sustainable Global Health change on a larger scale.  She is now a Senior Program Officer with John Hopkins Center for Communication Program.

Danielle Piccinini ’06

Inspired by my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, I returned to the U.S in 2014 to pursue a Master in Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. My goal in earning these degrees was to take the passion for global health that I developed through my work in Khula Village and learn the skills needed to foster sustainable global health change on a larger scale.

Upon graduating, I started a career at the university where my work focuses on developing programs and initiatives to improve health outcomes, primarily for malaria, HIV, and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa. One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is working with people from all over the world and finding ways to leverage each individual’s strengths and unique experiences to address emerging global health needs.

In addition to this work, I serve as faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where I teach Design Thinking, an empathy-focused creative approach to problem-solving.

My time in Baltimore wasn’t all work, as I also met my husband, Andy. We were married in August 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco, CA, making me the fifth generation of my family to be married there. We now live in Los Angeles, where I continue my career with Johns Hopkins and Andy works at Loyola Marymount University.

As time goes on, I continue to be grateful for my time at Carondelet as it was there that I learned the importance of using my talents to make a positive impact on the world. This is something I continue to strive for everyday both in my work and in the relationships I form globally.


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