Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC.
For years, Dan Schnur was one of California’s leading political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns. Schnur served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain and spent five years as Chief Media Spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. In 2010, Schnur was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a position he held from that year’s elections until spring of 2011.
In addition to his position at USC, Schnur is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. Schnur has also held the post of Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and taught an advanced course in political campaign communications at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He writes regular political commentary for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Politico’s websites, and has also been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.