Danessa  Knaupp


Danessa Knaupp helps leaders and high potential individuals transform themselves and their organizations. By empowering people to bring life and energy to the constant change swirling in today’s corporate environments, Danessa supports executives, performers, and teams as they define their path forward and determine the future.

Passionate about coaching, leading and super-charging strategy and process, Danessa consistently enables clients to deliver high-impact change. Her coaching builds pathways for new experiences and removes interference. Danessa combines her deep real-life business experience with the candor and compassion she is known for, and empowers clients to achieve their full, unlimited potential.

During Danessa’s 20+ years as both a senior corporate leader and an entrepreneur, she gained valuable firsthand experience in solving the complex problems high-impact performers frequently face. From managing a P&L in a tough, ever-changing economic environment to designing and delivering sustained organizational change, to leading large teams through complex mergers, Danessa consistently delivered results in the face of the same challenges her clients experience.

A flexible, creative performer, Danessa’s work spans a variety of industries. She has deep financial services, tech, operations, professional services, sales, and non-profit experience.

Danessa is a graduate of the world-renowned Executive Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University, and holds an ACC accreditation from the International Coach Federation. She is the founder and CEO at Avenue 8, a boutique executive coaching firm in Richmond, VA. Fluent in Spanish, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree with dual concentration in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary.