Daniel Silverman

Vice President for Strategic Services The James Irvine Foundation
The Communications Network has been an invaluable resource that has benefited my career in countless ways. It’s where I go to learn from the brightest minds in social sector communications, and to meet colleagues for inspiration and camaraderie.

Daniel Silverman was appointed vice president for strategic services at The James Irvine Foundation in January 2015. He served as director of communications from 2005-2014 and continues to serve as corporate secretary. As vice president, Daniel oversees communications, information technology, and learning and assessment, three functions that are critical to the accomplishment of Irvine’s program goals. As director of communications, Daniel led the organization through a transition to digital and online communications, including an active presence on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and a transformation of the Foundation website to create greater transparency about the Foundation’s work and impact.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Daniel served as senior vice president at Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. He has provided communications counsel to a wide range of foundations and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strategy development, communications campaigns and communications training. He has extensive experience developing and executing communications and campaign strategies for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Goldman Environmental Foundation, and Cal Humanities, among others. Prior to joining Fenton in 2000, Daniel served as national media director for the Sierra Club and as national field director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the board of directors of The Communications Network.