Danielle Chynoweth

Co-Founder of Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center 

Danielle is currently a senior project manager at Pixo. She co-founded the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and led its purchase and the conversion of the downtown post-office building into a community media and arts center. She now serves as a board member.

From 2009-2012, Danielle worked for the Prometheus Radio Project, where she managed the successful campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act, opening up the airwaves for thousands of new community radio stations in the U.S.

From 2001-2008, she served as a city council member and then as mayor pro tem for Urbana, Ill. During that time she served on the Telecommunications and Public Access TV Commissions and instigated public wireless, broadband and arts programs. She co-founded the Broadband Access Committee, which facilitated the successful application process for $22.5 million in broadband technology and opportunities program funds for Champaign-Urbana.

Danielle has presented on independent media and the arts at numerous events, including the Allied Media Conference, Creative Media Workshops in Thailand and Burma, the Midwest Social Forum and the National Conference for Media Reform. She has presented Webinars hosted by CenterLink, the Funders Committee for Civic Participation and Tides.

She has been a teacher/organizer at the School for Designing a Society since 1996, offering social change workshops in the U.S. and Italy. She co-founded CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, a grassroots, multi-racial civil rights organization. She was an Evans Scholar at Evergreen State College in 2009 and holds a master's degree in political science from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. in sculpture and political science from New College in Florida. Danielle was named woman of the year for 2011 in Champaign-Urbana. She is the mother of Ezra Shine Chynoweth.

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