Danielle M. Varda, PhD

Danielle M. Varda, PhD

Danielle M. Varda, PhD is the CEO of Visible Network Labs and an Associate Professor at the University of CO Denver in the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Varda directs VNL’s data science company that hosts the Aspen platform, including apps and web based tools to track the progress of network interventions and the largest database of cross-sector inter-organizational networks. These include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded PARTNER tool, a social network analysis survey and analysis tool and the Person-Centered Network (PCN App), a tool to assess the strengths and gaps in a person’s personal support networks. She is also the director of the Network Leadership Training Academy, a three day workshop for network leaders to increase skills to build, manage, and evaluate effective networks. She has consulted with over 100 organizations on network leadership, and has evaluated dozens of cross-sector community networks. In addition to her position at SPA, Dr. Varda is also holds a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. She holds a courtesy Associate Professor appointment in the School of Information Sciences at the University of CO Boulder. 


She is Director of the Center on Network Science (www.center-networkscience.net), Director of the Nonprofit Concentration in the MPA program, and Director of the Network Leadership Training Academy (www.networkleader.org) held annually in Denver at the School of Public Affairs. She sits on the AmeriCorps NCCC Federal Advisory Board, and is an alumni of the AmeriCorps NCCC (Class 5 and 6).  Her most important accomplishment is the job of mother to three spirited girls

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