John Danielson is an accomplished, nationally and internationally respected executive with a 25 year career spanning public and private sectors. John was appointed Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Education by President George W. Bush (2001-2003), where he earned a reputation for his ability to adapt innovative business strategies and tactics to resolve the issues faced by the public education sector. He also worked in several senior roles for former United States Secretary of Education and current United States Senator Lamar Alexander (1990-1995). During 2010-2013, John served as a peer reviewer in all four of the landmark Race to the Top state and district competitions at the appointment of current United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Along with former United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige, John was a co-founder of the Chartwell Education Group LLC (2005-2009), an international education-consulting firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, D.C. and London. Chartwell had successfully undertaken a variety of global education projects in Europe, India and South America with a particular expertise in Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. John has advised the CEOs of some of the nation’s most renowned corporations. He advises private equity firms and philanthropic organizations in many parts of the world on investments in education.
John serves as a board member for Declara (Palo Alto), Magnus Gyan (New York), Vatterott Educational Centers (St. Louis), The University of the Potomac (Washington), and as a Senior Advisor to American Prison Data Systems (New York) and Speakaboos (New York). He was invited in 2006 by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, to serve as Vice President of the United States Board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young American’s Challenge.