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Daniel Stid

Director of the Madison Initiative

Daniel Stid is Director of the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The goal of the Madison Initiative is to support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States. Previously, Daniel was a consultant and strategist to government, nonprofit, and private sector leaders. From 2006 through 2013, Daniel was a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office. While at Bridgespan, Daniel’s research and writing on the interplay between government and nonprofit agencies appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Community Development Investment Review, Strategy and Leadership, the Washington Post, and his Cliff Notes blog. 

Between 1997 and 2005, Daniel worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Kuala Lumpur, and Washington, DC, where he helped initiate the firm’s work with the federal government and advised leaders at the Treasury Department and the Department of Education. Daniel also supported private sector clients in a range of industries. He began his career teaching political science at Wabash College and is the author of the 1998 book, The President as Statesman: Woodrow Wilson and the Constitution. Daniel was also selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and served on the staff of Majority Leader Dick Armey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A graduate of Hope College, he has a master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a doctoral degree in political science from Harvard University.