Meet the Women of OPIC: Carol L. Danko
March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.
Carol L. Danko
Managing Director of Communications, Office of External Affairs
Tell us a little about yourself:
I joined OPIC in September 2017 after more than three years in the private sector as Vice President of Public Affairs at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). I served for eight years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to Reps. Tom Price and Peter King and Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Michael Grimm, working on everything from Dodd-Frank legislation to the Superstorm Sandy Relief bill. I am originally from Whitehouse Station, NJ, went to high school in Charlotte, NC and spent a college semester studying abroad in Paris. I received a B.A. from Emory University and an M.P.A. from New York University, with a concentration in international development and economics.
What do you like best about working at OPIC?
The people and the mission. I’m so blessed to work with such bright and talented people who share my passion for making an impact around the globe. I love coming to work knowing that what we do at OPIC can have a life-changing impact on communities living without the most basic things we often take for granted. It’s truly and honor and privilege to be here.
Is there a woman who has inspired you?
The strong women who raised me serve as a constant source of inspiration, beginning with my grandmothers – one who immigrated here from Slovakia with no money in her pocket to find a better life in America, and the other who was one of the most independent, elegant, and inspiring women I’ve ever met. Most of all, I’m lucky to have a wonderful mother who continues to cheer me on to be the best me I can be. All of these important women in my life have given me the confidence, drive, and grit to succeed. I am grateful every day to have been raised with their love and support. (And even though the question is about women, I must say that my dad is kind of amazing too!)
How do you inspire other women?
I try to lead by example and empower the women around me – both in and out of the workplace. DC can be a tough town when you’re first starting out. I always remember those who helped me and try to serve as a mentor to others whenever I can.
Will you share an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m a huge fan of the arts! I was a dancer growing up – mostly ballet and modern – and did quite a bit of theater (sometimes even musical theater) through college. I’m proud to continue to support the arts through my position on the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Will on the Hill Advisory Committee, which raises over $500,000 each year for arts education in Washington, DC.