Daniel’s passion for democracy and community-building is embedded in every aspect of his work. As a current Senior Advisor at Philanthropy Northwest, Daniel consults with grantmakers seeking to strengthen democratic vitality in communities or governing institutions. As a previous board member of Philanthropy Northwest and someone who served in public office in Montana, Daniel knows first-hand the needs of our network and region as they intersect with our evolving democracy. Daniel authored the report, “Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?,” in cooperation with the Kettering Foundation where he is also currently a senior associate.
In addition, Daniel served as a previous board chair of the Northwest Area Foundation. His public career included serving as Mayor of Missoula, Montana and as Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Montana.
An avid writer, Daniel has authored four books: "Community and the Politics of Place;" "The Good City and the Good Life;" "This Sovereign Land: A New Vision for Governing the West;" and (published in the summer of 2020) "Citizens Uniting to Restore Our Democracy."