Daniel Millenson is the Managing Director of Generation Citizen. Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in philosophy and history and was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship.
Beginning in 2009, Daniel spent two years as a Teach For America corps member in Lexington, Mississippi, where he taught 11th and 12th grade English at J. J. McClain High School in one of the poorest counties in the state. He challenged his students to learn and expected them to do so, bringing into the classroom books as diverse as Romeo and Juliet, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Elie Wiesel’s Night. In one school year, students’ reading levels improved on average by over one and a half grade levels, and ACT English and reading scores increased markedly as well. He also worked to boost the number of students applying and being accepted to college. Daniel served as a Teach for America learning team leader, helping to mentor fellow corps members teaching high school English.
While at Brandeis, Daniel was the co-founder and national advocacy director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force (SDTF), a national effort to apply economic pressure on Sudan to halt the genocide in Darfur. Starting in 2005, SDTF pushed universities, public pension funds and other institutions to divest their portfolios of companies engaged in problematic business operations in Sudan. Daniel organized grassroots campaigns, developed strategy, and he worked on crafting divestment policies with private asset managers, state pension funds, and state and federal legislators. SDTF, a project of the Genocide Intervention Network, ultimately helped get divestment policies adopted by over 60 universities, 24 states (including Rhode Island, a campaign which Generation Citizen’s Scott Warren led) and the federal government.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys running, biking, and reading.