10 Questions for Danielle Abramson

Getting to know Danielle Abramson '08, Nazareth's alumni board president.

Danielle Abramson '08 (sociology major with minors in anthropology & philosophy) is director of leadership giving at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y. In July 2021, she succeeded Jenny Giessler '95 to lead Nazareth’s alumni board; She has been a member of the alumni advisory board since February 2018.


Why did you become Nazareth’s alumni board president?

To help the alumni board serve as a platform for all Nazareth College alumni to have their voices heard, and to have an opportunity to impact the experiences and connections of past, current, and future Naz alums.


Who is your favorite fictional character?

Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and Ramona Quimby.


What books are currently on your nightstand?

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, and Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson.


What’s your guilty pleasure?

French press coffee whenever possible. And spending too much money on hair care/products.


What is your most treasured possession?

My 15-year-old kitty, Kit-ten (I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old).


What is your most-used emoji?

Kitty Kiss Face and Kitty Heart Eyes (see a theme?)


In the movie of your life, who would star as you?

Emma Roberts, hopefully.


What is the best thing about your current job?

Getting to share my passion for public media and connecting other people’s passion for the work we do to advance our mission to serve the community.


If you could invite to dinner any three people from history, who would it be?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Phillis Wheatley, and Alexander Hamilton. Three revolutionary, status-quo-challenging thinkers who would all likely be competing for a turn to talk would make for a very philosophical and lively but substantive discussion!


What is your motto?

I try to embody the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”