Danelle Brown

founder | creative & sustainability director


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Danelle Marqui Brown (Sounds like Day-nelle) is a NYC-based creative and sustainability leader with 20+ years of experience working at the intersections of business, culture, design, technology, and impact. She is also the founder of By Mnemosyne (est. 2013), an integrated consultancy rooted in the arts & sciences; Verte (est. 2005), an eco-friendly holistic design and lifestyle studio, with birth doula and green living services; and the former blog, The Green Doula (2008-2012). 

From being amongst the 1st to study sustainability for built environments at FIT, to designing one of NYC’s earliest farm-to-table restaurants (Cookshop), to producing one of the 1st green fashion & impact events—highlighted in ELLE magazine—plus writing for the blogs Eco-Chick, Inhabitots, & The Green Doula (the latter which she founded 2008-2012), Danelle has a long track-record as a pioneer in the green and sustainability movements. 

As a freelancer and employee—she has served as a creative, production, and business lead on numerous accounts including Fortune 500 and leading brands like Anheuser-Busch InBev, Conrad Hotels, Dell Technologies, Douglas Elliman, Frette, J.Crew, Johnson & Johnson, The LEGO Group, Kimberly-Clark, The Knot Magazine, Pepperidge Farm®, Pfizer, The Tribeca Film Festival, Volkswagen, and Walmart. She’s also been accepted as a freelancer for the world’s top network of vetted climate freelancers—the Leafr platform. 

In her last corporate role, she served as Creative Director for the Integrated Communications group at W. P. Carey (WPC)— one of the largest diversified net lease REITs in North America and Europe. In the cross-functional role, she led internal and external global teams, within a lean group that served the corporation of approximately 200 employees, with a then portfolio of 1400+ properties.

As a strategic partner across WPC’s verticals, collaborating with the likes of the Executive Operating Committee, Investments, Asset Management, and Managed Program teams, she created campaigns and communication assets for projects such as the inaugural ESG, green financing framework, and sustainability reports, plus two mergers that had a combined value of $7 BILLION+.

As an entrepreneur, Danelle has curated and fostered interactive, learning, and celebratory experiences for the likes of Chicken & Egg Pictures and Onassis Cultural Center New York, while also worked to build and launch brands such as Mama Glow, May Lindstrom Skin, and Phuong Dang Perfumes.

As a historian, she has presented at the New York Academy of Medicine, the University of Macerata, and for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Google. As a former mentor for the Global STEM Alliance, she has worked with organizations such as The Billion Oysters Project, Marvel Studios, and the Next Scholars program at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she also served as an ambassador.

Danelle is certified as a Sustainability Excellence Associate and a TRUE Advisor by Green Business Certification Inc., acknowledged as a Healthy Material Advocate by the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design and a Business Intelligence Analyst by the Corporate Finance Institute®. In 2022, she was selected for the 1st US LinkedIn Creator Accelerator Program - Technology and Innovation cohort. 

Danelle earned a bachelor’s focusing on interior design at FIT, is a former DONA certified birth doula, and earned a master’s focusing on the history of science, technology, and medicine at Harvard. Simultaneously, she earned a graduate certificate in Religious Studies and Education, a joint program from the Harvard Divinity School and the Harvard Extension School, while working part-time and commuting between NYC and Cambridge, MA.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danellemarquibrown/
Bio Site: https://www.danellemarquibrown.com/