President, Voices for Progress
Daniel Penchina is the President of Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund, which help business leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists advocate in the public interest. Daniel has 15 years of experience navigating the intersection of policymaking and politics. Recently, Daniel was principal at The Raben Group, a progressive public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. There, he designed and managed issue and advocacy campaigns — including developing legislative strategy, communications plans, coalitions, and tools for grassroots organizing — for dozens of national nonprofits, foundations, and companies. Prior to joining the firm, Penchina worked as a senior advisor and strategist for several members of Congress, including legislative director to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL), legislative director for Congressman (now Senator) Christopher Murphy (CT) and legislative assistant and appropriations associate for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY). Penchina is a member of the board of Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL), and is a member of the Board of the Campaign for All DC Families. He is past-president of Q Street, an association of LGBT lobbyists and advocates. He graduated with honors from New York University.