Bainum Family Foundation Appoints David Daniels as CEO and President

Bethesda, Maryland (January 13, 2020) — The Bainum Family Foundation is proud to announce that David Daniels, its former Chief Operating Officer, has been named CEO and President of the organization.

David Daniels (left) and Barbara Bainum.

“My father, Stewart Bainum, and I both worked closely with David over the years, and he truly embodies the heart of our work,” says Barbara Bainum, Chair of the Board and former CEO and President of the Foundation. “From spearheading our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, to the way he leads and inspires his teams, to his commitment to his own continued growth as a leader, David has been an invaluable asset to our organization. I hear this sentiment consistently echoed by our staff and partners, and I am excited for him to serve in this new role. I know my father would be, too.”

The Bainum Family Foundation, established in 1968, works to improve the quality and availability of resources for children living in poverty. Currently focused on three areas — Early Learning, Wrap-Around Support and Knowledge Building — the Foundation works primarily in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia, but with commitments in several other cities and countries.

Daniels has been part of the Foundation team since 2012, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer, he oversaw the implementation and operational activities for all programs and initiatives — translating the Foundation’s mission, vision and goals into sustainable processes, systems and procedures to deliver quality program services. He also served as internal leader of the organization — promoting a high-performing culture that fostered the Foundation’s core values of continuous learning, integrity, collaboration and commitment.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Daniels served as Principal of Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland; Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Liberty Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the Foundation’s team, steward our resources and represent the Bainum name,” Daniels says. “And I am committed to fostering a work environment where smart, passionate people can have open dialogue and debate about how to achieve lasting outcomes; actively engaging and partnering with the community to change the trajectory of generations; and ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in everything we do.”

In addition to his role at the Foundation, Daniels serves on the boards of Maryland Philanthropy Network and Pine Forge Academy. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from Franklin University and a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.


The Bainum Family Foundation combines proven expertise with a passion for supporting the whole child by providing integrated services to help them thrive. Our circle of collaboration includes investments and support in early learning, wrap-around services and knowledge building. Founded in 1968 by Stewart and Jane Bainum, the Foundation has helped underserved children exit poverty through high-quality educational programs and services for 50 years. For more information, visit


Ann Egan
Senior Director of Communications
Bainum Family Foundation