We’re excited to announce today that Daniel Rosenblum is our new Executive Director. Daniel, who will assume the role on May 1, was welcomed by Mona Eraiba, Chair of the iEARN-USA Board of Directors
We are delighted that Daniel will be joining the iEARN-USA team to lead the organization into the next 25 years. His wealth of experience and passion for international exchange and intercultural understanding will help iEARN-USA to expand its impact and reach throughout the country and the world in the years to come.
The selection of Daniel from a pool of nearly 100 top-notch candidates involved hundreds of hours of meetings, interviews, discussions, and research from every member of the staff and Board during the past six months. Daniel, who fielded several gazillion questions from us during that time, was the consensus choice among many fantastic candidates with whom we hope to work with in the future.
Daniel, a former journalist with broad international experience, comes to iEARN-USA from Japan Society, where as Vice President of External Relations, Daniel directed annual fundraising operations of $6 million, and was responsible communications, new media, board management and strategic planning for the organization. Daniel helped create and launch the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, a multi-disciplinary network of emerging and established social entrepreneurs, business people, artists, educators and other leaders from Japan and the United States. Daniel has facilitated exchanges that have explored issues such as community revitalization, building essential skills for social innovators, new models for entrepreneurialism, crisis management and natural disaster recovery, and the role of play in fostering creativity and innovation.
Before joining the Society, Daniel worked as a journalist for 16 years, including 13 years as a financial correspondent and television producer with Reuters in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Washington and New York. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, he holds a BA in Japanese language and literature. Daniel spent his first 12 years abroad, living in Mexico City and Tokyo, where he attended the Nishimachi International School. He is an award-winning fiction writer and has published his works in numerous literary magazines as well as online. He currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Tamima Friedman, and two daughters, Beryl and Hannah.
The core of iEARN-USA’s mission – creating opportunities for dialog and collaboration among young people around the globe to enhance mutual understanding– is critical in an increasingly interconnected world.
It is a great honor to be chosen to lead iEARN-USA. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation of the past 25 years.
The honor is ours, Daniel. Welcome to iEARN and thank you for bringing your creativity to our global community.