Daniel is an award-winning communicator and thoughtful explorer of the frontiers of leadership and organizational life.
As CEO of Signal Hill, Daniel helps organizations lead through story. He guides clients in brand exploration and discernment, strategic planning, and leadership formation.
Daniel's passion is to uncover strengths. He believes the stories of leaders and organizations point to hidden resources and great potential. Clients value his appreciative approach, his use of narrative, and his ability to maximize good work.
He brings to every project an eclectic mix of experiences and gifts rooted in 30 years of work with mission-driven enterprises. The son and grandson of preachers, Daniel is an ordained American Baptist minister. He is also a writer, teacher, speaker and producer of print, digital and video projects. He is the founder of Senior Correspondent, an award-winning media venture that amplifies the voices of older adults for the good of society.
Daniel has been an instructor in the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management and the Faith-Based Leadership Institute. He guided the design and was the lead facilitator for the Nollau Institute, a yearlong leadership formation program of the Council of Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Daniel has shared his unique point of view with a variety of associations, including the American Society on Aging, North Carolina Association on Aging, Lutheran Services in America, United Methodist Association, and the American Baptist Home Mission Societies.
Trained as a journalist, Daniel worked as a reporter and editor for two San Francisco Bay Area community newspapers. A journalistic orientation continues to figure largely in Daniel's work as a writer and keen observer of leadership, religion, culture and society. He is the author of More Mission: A Nonprofit Adventure in Senior Living (ABHOW, 2016). With Nelvis Vos and Melvin George, Daniel co-authored Faith in the World: Mark Gibbs and Vesper Society, Being God's Lively People (Vesper, 2009). With M. Sloan Bentley, Daniel co-authored Believing in Senior Living: Insight and Inspiration for the Future of Our Profession (Seniority, 2011). He has written for The Christian Century, Religion News Service, Associated Baptist Press, FaithWorks, The Christian Citizen, and Baptist Peacemaker. Read Daniel's musings on the Signal Hill blog.
Daniel earned his master of divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and his bachelor of arts in English from California Baptist College.
"Daniel led a retreat for our congregation that helped people open up, share their stories, and think creatively about what it means to be church in our challenging times. He is a wise, inventive, and skillful leader. We are still reaping the the benefits of his leadership."
— The Rev. Dr. Randle (Rick) Mixon, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
"Daniel has an amazing ability to bring the best out of a group and out of a group discernment process. When we've worked with him, we've come away with goals and ideas that are both concrete and inspiring. His own ability to think in fresh and creative ways combines with the wisdom held within every group (wisdom he is brilliant at finding and releasing!) to create something far better than anyone imagines at the outset. The work he has done with our organization continues to inform how we think and act long after his time with us."
— LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director, BPFNA - Bautistas por la Paz, Charlotte, NC