Vice President for Strategic Services
Daniel Olias Silverman was appointed vice president of strategic services in January 2015. He served as director of communications from 2005–2014 and continues to serve as corporate secretary. As vice president, Daniel oversees communications, information technology, and learning and assessment, three functions that are critical to the accomplishment of Irvine’s program goals. As director of communications, Daniel led the organization through a transition to digital and online communications, including an active presence on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and a transformation of the Foundation website to create greater transparency about the Foundation’s work and impact.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Daniel served as senior vice president at Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. He has provided communications counsel to a wide range of foundations and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strategy development, communications campaigns and communications training. He has extensive experience developing and executing communications and campaign strategies for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Goldman Environmental Foundation, and Cal Humanities, among others. Prior to joining Fenton in 2000, Daniel served as national media director for the Sierra Club and as national field director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of directors of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Communications Network.
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Today, we release our 2013 Year in Review. We hope this site will give you a glimpse of some of the moments and progress from the work of last year—both the work of The James Irvine Foundation, and most importantly, that of the talented leaders and organizations that we are privileged to support.Read the Story
he James Irvine Foundation today announced that President and CEO James E. Canales has accepted a position as the first President of the Barr Foundation in Boston, effective May 2014. He will step down from his position at the Irvine Foundation in the early spring of 2014.Read the Story
Irvine’s Board of Directors approved $16.9 million in grants at its quarterly meeting this week. Of the 31 grants approved, 10 are in the Arts, five in California Democracy, 14 in Youth, one in Special Initiatives, and one in Special Opportunities.Read the Story