Daniel Kaufman

Professorial Lecturer

Daniel is a senior partner and executive vice president at Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company and has headed the firm’s PreK-12 education practice since arriving four years ago. Using his 20 years of experience in strategic communications, media relations, branding and message development for associations, unions, Capitol Hill offices and campaigns, Kaufman has served a range of clients including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, American Federation of Teachers, National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and National Assessment Governing Board.

A Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D. in Political Science, Kaufman spent the previous seven years working on behalf of teachers. He was communications director at the Maryland State Education Association, where he led successful integrated campaigns to protect school funding and improve teacher pensions. Kaufman also worked for the National Education Association (NEA), where he was its key spokesperson on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), state and local budget issues, higher education access and affordability and Hispanic education issues, and served on its national ESEA advisory committee.

Earlier in his career, he was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and legendary columnist Jack Anderson, served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and worked as an ESL/bilingual instructor in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Kaufman earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Swarthmore College. He is fluent in Spanish.

M.A. / Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, San Diego

B.A. in Political Science, Swarthmore College