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Daniel Stid

Director of the Madison Initiative

As Director of the Madison Initiative, Daniel leads the Foundation's effort to support and improve the health of democracy in the US. Before joining the Foundation, Daniel was a longtime consultant and strategist to governments, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations. In 2006 he became a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office, where he co-led the organization’s performance measurement practice and orchestrated its strategic planning efforts with policymakers in government.  While at Bridgespan, Daniel’s research and writing on the interplay between government and nonprofits was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Community Development Investment Review, the Washington Post, Strategy and Leadership, and his Cliff Notes blog.  Between 1997 and 2005, Stid worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Massachusetts, Kuala Lumpur, and Washington, DC, where he helped initiate BCG’s work with the federal government and advised leaders at the Treasury Department and the Department of Education. Stid also worked with private sector clients in the automotive, pulp and paper, energy, shipping, and health care industries.

Daniel 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. He served as a Congressional Fellow on the staff of the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, and volunteered for training missions with the International Republican Institute in Bulgaria and Chile, advising party leaders on presidential nominating systems. A graduate of Hope College, he has a master’s degree in politics from Oxford University and a doctoral degree in political science from Harvard University.