Dan Schnur

2006 to 2009
Continuing Lecturer
Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Dan Schnur is one of California's leading Republican political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns, as well as extensive experience on behalf of a variety of ballot initiatives and policy reform efforts.

Mr. Schnur served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain. In addition, he has advised a large number of Republican candidates and causes throughout his career, including five years as chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson.

Mr. Schnur began his political career in the press office of the Reagan-Bush ’84 presidential campaign. He later served as a spokesman for the Bush-Quayle ’88 presidential campaign, and worked in the press offices of the Republican National Committee before moving to California in 1990 to take on the position of Communications Director of the state Republican Party. Following Wilson’s election as Governor that year, Mr. Schnur joined the Administration and subsequently served Wilson as both Press Secretary and Communications Director. In 1994, he served as Press Secretary to Wilson’s successful gubernatorial re-election campaign.

Mr. Schnur is currently a Visiting Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and director of the University of Southern California's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Mr. Schnur writes regularly for several of California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee. In addition, he acts as an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. As founding principal of COMMANDFOCUS, a Sacramento-based public affairs, communications and campaign management firm, Mr. Schnur utilized his experience to advise a variety of non-profit organizations, political causes and private sector clients. Mr. Schnur is now an executive vice president and director at the public relations firm Edelman, leading its California Public Affairs practice and contributing to a number of multinational clients. (More information about Mr. Schnur’s role at Edelman is available here.)

Mr. Schnur is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C.