Jeff Daniels has been a consultant to nonprofit, government and corporate clients for more than two decades. Today, he provides consulting services to large and small nonprofit organizations, and to state government. The focus is strategic planning, public policy, program design, and effective board and management systems, particularly with organizations serving children.
He is committed to strengthening the capacity of organizations working to change public and social policy, and meeting customer’s needs. He assists clients to act more strategically, operate more efficiently, and form alliances to advance their missions. He designs programs and strategies to meet market forces, and helps organizations improve management. Jeff has experience and interest in children’s issues, prevention and preventive health strategies, and criminal/juvenile justice planning.
Currently, he is senior consultant for strategic planning and public policy for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, a program he helped found in 1989, and which today is one of the largest business/government alliances in Connecticut. Similarly, he has an ongoing relationship with the Connecticut to Commission on Children, a legislative agency. Currently he is lead consultant to “Towns Help Kids Succeed”, an initiative of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Commission on Children, and National League of Cities to involve CT mayors, first selectmen in advancing early childhood development programs and strategies at the local level.
In the 1990s, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Hartford Action Plan on Infant Health, a business-hospital-public health alliance that ran programs to reduce infant mortality and teen pregnancy. He has worked with regional and national philanthropies, focusing on at-risk youth, and early childhood education. He has worked with school readiness councils in Windham and Manchester, CT, and The Manchester Early Learning Center. Related assignments for nonprofits include: feasibility studies and strategic plans in early childcare, program design in substance abuse prevention, and juvenile justice reform. He has fashioned for the CT Judicial Branch alternative sanctions for adults, and a state-support network for juvenile offenders. He has conducted management reviews of Family Court, and facilitated a Governor’s Commission On Divorce and Custody working to improve divorce processes affecting young children.
First trained as a journalist, he served four years, Special Assistant to The Governor for Policy and Programs, CT Governor’s Office, and later commissioner, Connecticut Commission on Hospitals and Health Care. He founded Parisky & Daniels, a Hartford policy consulting firm, sold in 1994, and now owns Jeffrey Daniels Consulting. He is a certified facilitator, holds a Bachelors’ degree in political science, Miami University of Ohio, and a post-graduate fellow, University of Michigan, under National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Journalists.
Volunteer work includes PTA president of an elementary school, former president, Hartford Community Television, currently treasurer of HopeWorks, a non-sectarian spiritually based youth intervention program, and commissioner, West Hartford Plan and Zone Commission. An avid sailor, in 1998 he completed a 53-day, 6,000-mile journey across the Southern Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa to Barbados aboard a 170-foot tall ship, the square-rigged vessel Barque Picton Castle. He is married, and has three children.