Danielle Bootes grew up in West Linn, Oregon. After graduating from high school, she attended college at Oregon State University. She majored in biology and achieved double minors in chemistry and statistics. During her undergraduate studies, she worked on research projects both under the College of Forestry and the Collage of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. After completing her B.S. she worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She entered the U.S. Army in 2012 and attended Officer Candidate School where she received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Adjutant Generals Corps.
While serving in the U.S. Army, she served honorably in multiple positions including as a Postal Platoon Leader under the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and as the battalion S1 for the Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (A). She attained her Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Troy University in 2017. She transitioned out of military service in 2018 from Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. Upon her transition from service, Danielle attained her Senior Professional Human Resources certification through the Onward to Opportunity Program. Danielle now resides in El Paso, TX.