Danielle C Mahoehney
- Community Living and Employment Specialist
Danielle Mahoehney is an education program specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. She provides training, technical assistance, and project coordination within the areas of community living and workforce development. She works with non-profit organizations and government agencies to advance competitive, integrated employment and community-based day support options for people with disabilities.
Before joining the ICI staff in 2020, Mahoehney served the organization as a consultant on employment-focused projects. She also has worked as an advocate for The Arc Minnesota and as a direct support professional and frontline supervisor. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
“Early in my career I lived in an intentional community in Florida with people with and without developmental disabilities,” she said. “It not only sparked an interest in disability as a career but also helped form my priorities in life. While I was in Florida, there were major budget cuts and I saw up close how that directly impacted the people I lived with. I love working on employment issues because they are absolutely essential to full inclusion. When people with disabilities work in settings with people without disabilities, that’s when people really get to know each other and learn that everyone has something to share. If we don’t challenge people to explore what they are capable of and take some risks, it compromises the dignity of all of us.”