Mark McDaniel

Policy Fellow

Mark McDaniel is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. He partners with public and private decision makers to enhance and align policies, programs, and practices; inform systems innovations and reforms; improve the capacity of public systems and private providers to operationalize and evaluate outcomes; and address barriers to child and family well-being. McDaniel has experience designing and implementing comprehensive community change, education, and service systems reforms, as well as economic development initiatives to improve the socio-economic outcomes of low- and moderate-income residents.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, McDaniel was Principal at Inclusive Innovations LLC. Before that, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Community Capital & Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this position, McDaniel managed and coordinated education and community economic development initiatives among a range of constituencies, including government regulators, foundations, financial institutions, and community development intermediaries. He also partnered with early childhood, secondary, and postsecondary education institutions to increase investment in low-income communities. McDaniel previously served as a Program Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and as a Program Officer at the Polk Bros. Foundation.

McDaniel has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina.

Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Morgan State University

Bachelor’s degree in Geography, University of North Carolina