Danielle Breslin

Vice President

As Vice President, Danielle leads the Foundation team in advancing the health and well-being of North Carolinians through outcomes-focused grants and signature programs. She works closely with the team and the Foundation board to develop strategies to improve medical and dental health outcomes for underserved populations and to increase physical activity and access to local, healthy food – all with a focus on strengthening the organizational capacity of nonprofits in North Carolina. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the Foundation including finances, data management, and policies and procedures.

Danielle joined the BCBSNC Foundation in June 2003, after spending seven years within the Health Care Services Division of BCBSNC. Danielle is a 2011 graduate of Leadership North Carolina, a Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s (SECF) Hull Leadership Program, and was selected as one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal. She is currently the chair of the planning committee for the 2015 Learning Conference hosted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Previously, she served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Farmer Foodshare, Southern Wake Montessori School, and on the SECF corporate committee. Danielle earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and completed her certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

What I love about my work:
I am a very detail-oriented person, yet I also like to think about the big picture and find creative solutions to persistent issues. I am our team proof-reader, budget tracker, idea seller, and cheerleader. There is no greater privilege than working with a great team, doing great work, and making a real difference for people throughout North Carolina.

When not at my desk:
I stay busy outside the office keeping up with my husband, two children and two dogs. I am a Girl Scout leader, involved with my church, and enjoy planning and taking Disney vacations. I started running a few years ago and have completed four half marathons.

Favorite thing about North Carolina:
Our state is a great mix of old and new. It is nice to have close proximity to modern conveniences while being able to enjoy small town charm. My dream is to live in an old house, so I am drawn to towns with older homes and lots of antique stores – Cameron and Selma are two of my favorites.