Dr. Danielle Dupuy

Dr. Danielle Dupuy, Ph.D., Board of Supervisors At-Large

Danielle is the Executive Director of the Million Dollar Hoods project and Director of Research and Programs at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Her educational background is primarily in public health with a Masters in Epidemiology, a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences and a doctoral minor in Law. She began her career in Chicago as an evaluator of a maternal and child health program serving formerly incarcerated and directly impacted women and children. During her time in Chicago she also directed and consulted on projects related to quality of care for breast cancer patients, urban agriculture and community violence. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Danielle has spent a significant amount of time working with youth incarcerated in L.A. County detention facilities. She served as a volunteer educator and mentor for young people charged as adults between 2015 and 2019. As a way to improve the educational options offered to detained young people, Danielle worked with LA County Probation staff to develop and implement educational programs inside youth detention facilities and helped launch UCLA’s Prison Education Program.

Danielle has served as a character and expert witness on behalf of youth during transfer hearings and has contributed to local research on the human and fiscal costs of policing and incarceration and the intersection between gang and domestic violence. Her own research has focused on the impact of incarceration on youth violence in LA County. Danielle is currently a member of the California Association for Criminal Justice Research, a member of the JusticeLA executive team and was a consultant on the County's Youth Justice Work Group that was tasked with reimagining youth justice in LA.