Safe Harbor's Board of Directors and staff are excited to announce our new CEO, Danny Varat, who will join us in our work to influence a culture where all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.
“Danny’s background in small business, state government, and non-profits makes him uniquely positioned to take Safe Harbor into the next chapter of growth, financially and in delivery of service,” said Safe Harbor’s Board President, Jennifer Gosnell.
About his new role at the organization, Danny shared, "I am honored and excited to join the team at Safe Harbor. The dedicated professionals here provide essential care and support to people in times of crisis, and I look forward to devoting my energy to expanding our reach and impact. Safe Harbor enjoys a long history of service to survivors of domestic abuse, and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to help do even more for our clients and our community."
Danny is a Greenville native with decades of executive experience in the small business, state government, and non-profit sectors. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of A Child's Haven. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi and has taught at the college level. Danny has served on the South Carolina State Board of Education, as Chairman of the South Carolina BabyNet Board, on the Greenville County First Steps Board, and currently serves on the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees.
Danny is married to Gina Silver Varat, also a Greenville native and 30-year professional educator. Their daughter, Mary Earl, is a high school senior.
Welcome to Safe Harbor, Danny!