Dani works for the Bureau of Land Management's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office and is the Monument Manager for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. This National Monument is managed under a Service First agreement, which allows the BLM and US Forest Service to collaborate and coordinate mutually beneficial programs and projects to achieve both agencies respective missions, while working for the greater good of the Monument landscape.
She started her federal career at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, as a student employee working for the U.S. Forest Service. Dani has over 15 years of experience working for the federal government; 10 years with US Forest Service and 5 years with the BLM. Various positions she has held include Visitor Service Representative, Natural Resource Specialist, Wildlife Biologist and Adjunct Faculty for University of California Riverside.
Her graduate school research, studying the western yellow bat, earned her the nickname "Bat Lady" in the Coachella Valley area. She enjoys leading night hikes in the desert, where she can share her passion for conservation and educate the public about bats, while showing off some of the cool gadgets that are used to study them.