Daniel Blackman is a respected community leader, impact investor, and policy advisor committed to fighting for environmental justice, public health, and political empowerment to uplift America’s most vulnerable communities.
For over two decades, Daniel has given voice to the unseen, unheard, and unengaged communities left out of the dialogs surrounding the world’s biggest challenges. One of his most notable accomplishments was being appointed by the Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation to serve on an Environmental Policy Commission co-sponsored by members of the United States Congress to address renewable energy and public health issues in disadvantaged communities throughout America. Additionally, he worked with the D.C. based Environmental Working Group to advance mandatory GMO labeling legislation that would preempt state labeling laws while creating a national, mandatory GMO labeling standard for all GMO foods.
Daniel understands that while we are essentially One Georgia, the reality is we have many parts. For this reason, he is committed to bridging gaps that exist between Georgians in the Mountains, on the Coast, and throughout rural Georgia, all the way to the urban core of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Region.
Professionally, Daniel Blackman served as the Senior Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at Capital Fortitude Business Advisors where he managed client relationships including business and political leaders, religious leaders, and government allies of the U.S., on social responsibility and intergovernmental affairs.
Politically, he partnered with the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and Power Africa Initiative, served as an advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus and EPA on Environmental Justice issues, and was appointed by former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law. In 2015, Daniel was honored as one of 65 global leaders to be invited to Vatican City to discuss the global impact of the climate crisis ahead of the Paris Climate Accords.
Daniel has been a guest lecturer at The United States Institute of Peace, Netroots Nation, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, George Washington University, Howard University, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia.
He has been featured on TV and radio including CNN, NPR, Fox News, CBS Radio, CBS, Apple TV, and PBS; and has been featured in news publications including Grist, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, Rolling Out, and was a contributor for his local Forsyth County newspaper.
Mr. Blackman is author of the book “Nationalism without Compassion,” Board Member at ACLU of Georgia, and is an alum of Clark Atlanta University.
Daniel is from Columbus, Georgia, and lives in Forsyth County, Georgia with his wife and 3 sons, where he became the first African American to run for office.