Top 50 Under 40 Danielle Doll

This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture.  Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.

Danielle Doll, 37
Associate Director
Downtown Frederick Partnership*
19 E Church Street, Frederick

Danielle Doll serves as Associate Director of Downtown Frederick Partnership and has extensive experience in nonprofits, specializing in development of strategic communications, advocacy, fundraising and engagement strategies, economic development, business development and relationship management.  Her creative, outside-the-box vision drives the strategies, leading to signature experiences the Partnership implements in Downtown Frederick.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

In the last few years, there are a couple projects that stand out in my mind that include: cigarette butt receptacles, the holiday lights in winter and resource guides for those in need of help or experiencing homelessness.

Name one award you are most proud to have received.

Recently was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, nominated by two business owners for the support they received throughout the pandemic. Clyde Hicks (The Trail House) and Jennifer Dougherty (Magoo's) nominated me for the award.

What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?

I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and am a LYNX Mentor for a 10th grade class (going on year 4!) and experience partner at Frederick High School.

In addition, I've previously volunteered with the Alzheimer's Association of Frederick County & Meals on Wheels Frederick. I've volunteered teaching dance classes throughout life at various churches, after school programs & the PAL Program w/the Frederick Police Department

What was your first job?

Barista at a coffee shop/deli

What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?

Be outside (and sometimes with a beverage in hand at a brewery or winery) with friends and family!

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

My mom, she was one of the hardest working people I've ever known and contributed so much to so many lives. Her legacy lives on in the many students she taught for 30+ years in Frederick County.

What is your favorite leadership book?

Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee. The book teaches communication (and listening!) techniques for people that you disagree with and ways that you might even be able to change the world.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

I have a fearless initiative to take anything on - new, old, intimidating, unknown, hard, whatever it might be. If you try your absolute hardest with your whole heart, there's no room for regret.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


*Since this publication Danielle Doll has accepted a new position with the National Recreation & Parks Association.