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Danni Washington        

TV Host & Ocean Explorer

As the first African American/woman of color to host her own science television series, Danni is deeply passionate about inspiring the next generation to connect and understand the natural world. She has spent the last 10 years finding creative ways to convert her passion for the ocean and science into exciting, high-profile ways. Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about exposing the next generation to the wonders of the ocean and engaging science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was six years old.

In 2008, Danni graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.Sc. in Marine Science/Biology. At age 21, along with her mother, Michelle Swaby-Smith, she co-founded the Big Blue & You - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media. She also served for four years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center where she helped educate thousands of South Florida children about local marine ecosystems.

As for her on camera career, Danni served as an on-camera personality and science filmmaker for three years with Untamed Science which created nearly 200 K-12 Science Educational Videos for Pearson textbooks that are currently in classrooms across the USA as well as Ocean GEMS, a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teens to marine scientists mentors and role models inspiring them to pursue careers in marine science. She also co-starred with Jaden Smith in the official educational outreach video for the theatrical film After Earth starring Jaden and his dad, Will Smith.

Most recently, Danni is featured as a correspondent on CBS nationally syndicated series called “Mission Unstoppable” with host Miranda Cosgrove who is also co-Executive Producer alongside fellow actor Geena Davis. She hosted a season of Science the $#!* Out Of It alongside comedian Krystyna Hutchinson who team up to answer the internet's most burning questions using the scientific method! She also hosted two seasons of Xploration Nature Knows Best, a STEM educational TV Series which features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design syndicated on FOX and available on HULU, Amazon Prime, Roku and Yahoo View.

Danni was also featured as a commentator in Discovery’s original series, STRANGE EVIDENCE on the Science Channel. She co-created and produced a new initiative called Sea Youth Rise Up which is a collaborative effort to elevate the role of youth leadership in ocean conservation policy and advocacy on World Oceans Day. In 2017, Danni was selected as one of the 10 young innovators who was profiled in CA Technologies #STEM10 initiative featured on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Most recently, Danni served as spokesperson of the nation’s largest celebration of STEM at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.

Danni has a deep appreciation for the arts and seeks any creative outlet to express herself including dance, film and music. She is an avid scuba diver, passionate curly girl, stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast, MOCHA MERMAID and overall lover of the natural world, she is always ready for an adventure.


Program: Xploration Nature Knows Best

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