Danner Bethel provides over 25 years of public affairs experience involving work at the federal, state and local levels. Before transitioning to his current role, Danner was the U.S. Chief Operating Officer for H+K Strategies, a global public relations firm, where he helped manage a $120M P&L with 350 employees. His client work included leading public affairs campaigns at state and local levels on behalf of AT&T, ConocoPhillips, UPS, and the Gates Foundation. Prior to this, Danner was a managing director at Public Strategies, where his work included providing strategic communications and legislative expertise for the top electric utility association in Texas.
Prior to joining Public Strategies, Danner spent 10 years working in a variety of capacities for President George W. Bush. He served as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, where he provided strategic policy and communications advice to the department’s secretary, and acted as a White House liaison, helping advance the Bush administration’s education and reform efforts. Danner also worked within the White House as deputy director of research for the Office of Scheduling and Appointments, and later as associate director for the Office of Public Liaison.
Danner’s political campaign experience includes a national presidential campaign and two state gubernatorial campaigns. Danner was a policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign. He also served as a policy analyst for Bush’s 1994 and 1998 gubernatorial campaigns.
Danner’s state legislative experience includes serving as the Austin Director of the Texas Office of State Federal Relations during the 1999 session and working in the governor’s policy office from 1995 to 1998. He also served as the legislative committee clerk for the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.
Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University. As a 25 year Austinite, Danner has served the community in a variety of capacities including board positions on the Austin Community College Foundation, the University of Texas’ Texas Exes Legislative and Policy Advocacy committee.