Daniella Foster is the CEO and Co-founder of the Emergent Leaders Network (ELN), a non-profit committed to building a global community of young leaders by providing microscholarships, mentoring and professional networks to community college students and alumni.
A respected authority on strategic partnerships, Ms. Foster has worked in six continents and was named one of the Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” and featured in Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s most influential young leaders in 2013. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she has played a pivotal role in tripling growth in agreements with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and Fortune 500 companies. She has spearheaded a variety of Presidential initiatives, including global public-private partnerships that help grow small and medium businesses, connect entrepreneurs from around the world, and develop youth leadership skills.
She recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies where she managed the work of the office to implement a broad range of policy initiatives designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide.
Ms. Foster currently serves on the advisory board for Noodle, the first and only life-long education related search company in the world.
She holds a M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.