Daniella Foster is the Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility at Hilton. A policy innovator and social entrepreneur, she spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the government, business and NGO sectors.
She previously led Global Corporate Affairs & Science Communications for Mars Symbioscience, the in-house innovation incubator of Mars, Incorporated, a $35 billion private company. Foster also served as the Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she led the establishment of partnerships to commit skills and capital for social impact projects in 165 countries. She was Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor, where she managed the work of the office to implement policy initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide. Foster spearheaded a variety of Presidential initiatives, including global partnerships to grow small and medium businesses, connect entrepreneurs from around the world, develop youth job skills via mobile technology and accelerate innovation through crowdfunding. A respected authority on strategic partnerships, she has worked on six continents, tripling growth in agreements with Fortune 500 companies and NGOs, and was named a top foreign policy leader and featured in Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s most influential leaders.
Foster is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is the Co-founder of the Emergent Leaders Network, a non-profit that provides microscholarships and mentoring to community college students. She holds an M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.