Hanna Skandera Appointed President/CEO Of Daniels Fund

Hanna Skandera


DENVER — The Daniels Fund Board of Directors has announced that former New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has been named the organization’s President & CEO effective Dec. 15.

Skandera will succeed Hank Brown, who has served as interim president & CEO since May 1.

Skandera has more than two decades of executive leadership experience and a proven track record of impact in a variety of national and state-level private, public, and nonprofit organizations serving rural, suburban, and urban settings.

“It’s an honor to be selected as the next leader of Bill Daniels’ foundation, which has had a tremendous impact on the region,” Skandera said. “I am committed to honoring Bill Daniels’ vision and direction for the foundation and upholding the importance of his values. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on and further his legacy and our impact.”

Skandera is a member of the Daniels Fund board of directors and serves as CEO of Mile High Strategies. She also serves as vice chair of the Colorado Community College board as well as numerous other boards. In her previous role as Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico under Gov. Susana Martinez, she oversaw a budget of $2.7 billion and more than 300 employees. Skandera also served as Undersecretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deputy Commissioner for Gov. Jeb Bush, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

“After a competitive nationwide search, the Daniels Fund board is very pleased to welcome Hanna Skandera as our new president and CEO,” said Jim Nicholson, chairman of the board of the Daniels Fund. Hanna’s impressive qualifications and background make her the ideal leader to advance Bill Daniel’ vision, and the Daniels Fund’s work of helping people to have a better life, whether as scholarship recipients or beneficiaries of our grants.”

About The Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund was established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels. It is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Since its founding in 2000, the Daniels Fund has granted nearly $1 billion to deserving organizations and scholars, while simultaneously growing the foundation’s endowment from $1 billion to more than $1.5 billion. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.