The Century Foundation (TCF), a 100-year-old progressive think tank, today announced the appointment of longtime Capitol Hill veteran Daniel (Danny) Weiss as a senior fellow in the organization’s Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, Weiss served as Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where his work was instrumental in developing the “For the People” policy agenda and in the Democrats’ 2018 midterm victory.
At TCF, Weiss will focus on issues related to improving the lives of America’s children and families, as well as the link between the environmental crisis and workforce challenges, areas in which he has policy expertise. Weiss will also work closely with TCF’s senior leadership team, bringing his nearly three-decades of experience on Capitol Hill to help expand the reach and policy impact of TCF’s research across the organization. His start date is Monday, April 15.
“Danny Weiss is exactly the type of leader you look for when growing an organization like TCF. His network on the Hill, expertise in the legislative process, and deep knowledge of the ins-and-outs of domestic policy are second to none,” said Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation. “I’m thrilled that he’s joining our expanding team in D.C., and I’m confident that TCF will be a stronger, more effective organization with him on board.”
Prior to serving as Speaker Pelosi’s chief of staff, Weiss held various positions in the office of former Congressman George Miller (a current TCF board member), including chief of staff, senior committee advisor, and communications director. He has also served as vice president for federal policy at Common Sense Kids Action, the advocacy arm of Common Sense Media. He started his career as a newspaper correspondent for States News Service in Washington, D.C.
“Like many on Capitol Hill, I have long respected TCF’s research and policy advocacy,” said Weiss. “It’s rare you find an organization full of people who are both world-class scholars and researchers, on the one hand, and tireless advocates for equality and opportunity, on the other hand. It’s an honor to join a think tank that is so laser-focused on having policy impact. I look forward to getting started.”