Director of Operations and Special Projects
Daniela Fairchild serves as the Director of Operations and Special Projects for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. In this role, she ensures cohesion and efficiency between all Commerce Corporation and Executive Office of Commerce projects as well as guides the internal systems and processes that allow Commerce to best serve clients and partners.
Daniela comes to the Corporation with a robust resume overseeing organizational-strategy creation and deployment, government systems innovation, and leadership development. Her background is in the education, nonprofit, and government sectors. Most recently, Daniela served as the Director of the Rhode Island Office of Innovation, where she led strategic deployment of an integrated portfolio of twenty systems innovation projects–at stages ranging from proof-of-concept to sustainability. Prior to this role, she developed advocacy campaigns and organizational strategy for RI-CAN, managed internal capacity building at 50CAN, guided policy research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and ran program evaluation for Africare. Daniela started her career as a high school special education teacher and enjoyed serving as an urban high school rowing coach for six years.
Daniela holds a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania in International Educational Development.