After a career primarily in the private sector, Danielle McBeth transitioned to Florida A&M University (FAMU) to join the President’s Senior Leadership Team as Director of Government Relations. A seasoned government relations practitioner at the federal, state and local levels of government, Ms. McBeth works collaboratively on behalf of her alma mater with the Board of Trustees and University Leadership to establish and implement state and federal legislative priorities. Advocacy on behalf of FAMU includes championing support for critical resources while opposing budgetary reductions and public policy that would jeopardize post secondary initiatives generally and HBCUs specifically.
Before transitioning to FAMU, Ms. McBeth was a Partner at Alcalde & Fay, where she amassed substantial government relations and public affairs experience on behalf of corporate, municipal and educational entities. After only a few years with Alcalde & Fay, Ms. McBeth became the youngest African-American woman appointed to partner in an established independent government affairs practice. Ms. McBeth has advocated on issues related to transportation, economic development, infrastructure, education, technology, and immigration. She has successfully led the legislative efforts of coalitions and organizations before Congress to amend and promote broad national policies. Her achievements included securing Federal grants and legislative appropriations for educational institutions and local governments for water and wastewater infrastructure, roadways, law enforcement technology, and marine science research.
Early in her career, Ms. McBeth served as press secretary for the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability where she was responsible for coordinating media relations between campaign and media entities statewide. She served as the public information specialist for the Florida State University Center for Professional Development, where she coordinated publicity and promotions at the state, national, and international levels. She also worked for several newspapers including the New York Times Regional Newspapers, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Tallahassee Democrat.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University. While continuing her career in government relations, Ms. McBeth obtained a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.