Dani Bartells
Development & Outcomes Coordinator

Dani started her Fortress journey as a volunteer in 7th grade, and has been on staff since 2010. After spending eight years overseeing Fortress's programs as its Volunteer Coordinator and then Program Director, she is excited to be on the development team and to combine her experience working with the students with her love of data and writing.

Dani also enjoys sharing Fortress's work on local and national levels. She has been a presenter at the Texas Mentoring Summit, North Texas Giving Day Social Media Training, National Mentoring Summit, and Beyond School Hours Conference. She also led the Texas team in advocacy for vulnerable youth through the National Mentoring Summit's Capitol Hill Day in 2017. 

To support her long-time work at Fortress, Dani has pursued many continuing education opportunities, including becoming a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU; a certified trainer in Bridges Out Of Poverty, Emotional Poverty, and Getting Ahead (through Ruby Payne’s Aha! Process); and a graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Outcomes-Based Program Evaluation Institute. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas studying Nonprofit Leadership.

Dani spends her free time cheering on the Texas Rangers and Horned Frogs football and binge-watching Netflix original series. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Kevin, and their four cats: Felix, Yzma, Fritz, and Chi. She is looking forward to spending her first few years of marriage travelling with Kevin to different parts of the country and the world -- so far, they've enjoyed visiting Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, London, and the Caribbean together!