Danny Spitzberg

Danny Spitzberg

Principal at Peak Agency

Oakland, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Public Policy

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Danny Spitzberg's Summary

I believe in freedom through co-ops and toolkits.

As Principal at Peak Agency, I run crowdfunding campaigns with industry outsiders.

Danny Spitzberg's Experience


Peak Agency

Public Company; 1-10 employees; Financial Services industry

March 2014Present (7 months)

Peak Agency runs crowdfunding campaigns with industry outsiders. As Principal, I facilitate workshops and training sessions, and direct and produce campaigns. This initiative is a collective effort with others working for economic justice. The most successful campaigns build shared stories and collective power.

Campaign Director

Global Lives Project

International Affairs industry

November 2013February 2014 (4 months)

Global Lives is an open source video library of lives around the world. I directed and produced a campaign to help 500 teachers share stories of 24 hours in the lives of people around the world. We partnered with Stanford to develop K-12 curriculum, which is now available freely online.

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

December 2011September 2013 (1 year 10 months)

CoFED is a nonprofit of organizers helping students start and run cooperative food enterprises across North America. I trained and coordinated 10 organizers supporting 40 teams of over 400 students in a curriculum I co-created. I led our website design and implementation. I also built our team, mentored peers, and formed key partnerships in the food justice and cooperative movements.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2009May 2012 (3 years 5 months)

Using radical pedagogy, I developed and taught original lesson plans for over 100 students in 3 courses on social and humanistic perspectives of the environment, focusing on issues of technology and economic justice.

Lead Instructor, Global Wisconsin Idea Program

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth

May 2011December 2011 (8 months)

The Global Wisconsin Idea Program was a pilot summer camp for international science education. I developed and taught curriculum on environmental sustainability and technology for advanced Chinese and American highschool students, using robotics and video games as tools to understanding complex systems and the world around us

Coordinator, Advisor

Slow Food UW

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

January 2009June 2011 (2 years 6 months)

The Slow Food UW café is a cooperative built on the Slow Food movement philosophy. I built the student group by working for others coordinating our pilot project and developing our long-term business strategy. The project success is a collaborative work by our entire team.

Project Assistant, Sociology of Science

Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies

September 2009September 2010 (1 year 1 month)

I assisted in researching the socio-historical roots of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a $250m public-private facility promising the future of health science. I assisted four investigators by doing participant observation at public events, analyzing similar facilities and media coverage, and writing research memos.


xDesign Environmental Health Clinic @ NYU

June 2008August 2010 (2 years 3 months)

Natalie Jeremijenko directs the The Environmental Health Clinic and Lab (the xClinic), a panacea of applied design solutions to our ailments. I engineered interactive public participation to encourage valuable feedback from lectures and panels, as well as for publications.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Think Tanks industry

June 2009September 2009 (4 months)

The Breakthrough Institute is a post-partisan, pragmatist think tank. For the “make clean energy cheap” project, I analyzed cases of rapid cost declines to write policy recommendations for accelerated technological development.

Science Writer

McGill Reporter

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

April 2007December 2008 (1 year 9 months)

My reporting explains how breakthrough science research benefits society. The article of which I'm most proud: "Mario Bunge: Philosophy in flux" http://bit.ly/17Bm1qM

Managing Director

Engage Carbon

March 2008June 2008 (4 months)

Engage Carbon is a carbon credit aggregator working in partnership with IFMR Trust and incubating several pilot energy projects in rural India. My role was to develop the basic business model, which involved a personalizable connection to track funding dollars on-the-ground at our emissions offsets projects.

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Research industry

November 2007May 2008 (7 months)

TERI is a non-profit leading energy and environmental work in India. My work included leading two self-started projects: re-orienting TERI’s biomass energy technology program to launch a campaign marketing to India’s small enterprises, and developing a business strategy to mainstream green building technologies by first launching in high-society, high-income markets

Research Assistant to Professor Chris Green, Economics

McGill University, Dept of Economics

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

June 2006October 2007 (1 year 5 months)

Professor Chris Green is a leading economist who researches and publishes articles addressing climate change as a energy technology problem. I conducted a year-long research project that consisted of two parts:
• Evaluating the barriers on scaling-up clean energy technologies for the goal of climate stabilization
• Building a case for public funding to trigger a clean energy technology R&D race/revolution


McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal

December 2005September 2007 (1 year 10 months)

mSURJ is a student-run science research journal. For publishing, I raised $16k, implemented peer-review, wrote a new charter, and edited our first two issues. For teambuilding, I coordinated 10 editors, recruited 3 advisors, and trained new leaders.

Researcher, Group Leader

McGill University, Dept of Geography

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

May 2005October 2006 (1 year 6 months)

My undergraduate thesis explored how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) influence the United Nations climate policy negotiations. I managed a 12-person team at a UN summit to survey NGOs on what communication tools they consider effective for influencing policy. I also coordinated the research and writing for our report to our client, Equiterre

Co-Founder, Chief Coordinator

Gorilla Composting

May 2005September 2006 (1 year 5 months)

Gorilla Composting is an urban composting initiative in Montréal. I co-coordinated 30 students (+1 mascot) and led a pilot effort with city and university partners. We raised $250k and built a permanent system.

Development Intern

Ceres, Inc.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Capital Markets industry

June 2004August 2004 (3 months)

• Researched quality of sustainability reporting in potential coalition partners
• Analyzed the potential of future grants for an array of climate change projects

Writer, Business Developer

Green Century Funds

June 2004August 2004 (3 months)

• Instituted an affiliate program to attract investors from diverse areas
• Wrote innovative, legally-compliant copy for the prospectus and newsletters

Assistant Editor

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Defense & Space industry

May 2002August 2003 (1 year 4 months)

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Journal is a peer-review, quarterly publication showcasing research in science and engineering. I led the effort to overhaul the journal’s desktop publishing methods, which included implementing new software and instructing staff on improved layout and design methods. I also edited writing, layout, and figures for scientific articles.


Barewalls Interactive Art, Inc.

May 2001August 2002 (1 year 4 months)

Research Assistant

Harvard School of Public Health

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2001March 2002 (10 months)

• Implemented a database for medical image cataloguing and retrieval
• Assisted with experiment procedures
• Configured microscope equipment for control over the Internet by remote users

Danny Spitzberg's Skills & Expertise

  1. Nonprofits
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Research
  4. Policy Analysis
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Social Sciences
  7. cooperative business development
  8. Storytelling
  9. Editing
  10. Leadership
  11. Community Organizing
  12. Training
  13. Proposal Writing
  14. Blogging
  15. Ethnography
  16. Curriculum Design
  17. Spanish
  18. Grants
  19. Crowdfunding
  20. Organizational Development
  21. Grassroots Fundraising
  22. Fundraising
  23. Volunteer Management
  24. Social Impact Assessment
  25. Start-ups
  26. Policy
  27. Sustainability
  28. Climate Change

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Danny Spitzberg's Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS, sociology of science


• Coursework in sociology, business, and science & technology studies
• Thesis: “Heroic Expectations: Why prizes boost industry outsiders in space exploration”

McGill University

BSc, Environmental Science, Economics


• Major in Environmental Science and Economics
• Thesis: “Timing and Place: Virtual and traditional activism influencing international climate policy”

Danny Spitzberg's Certifications

  • Cooperative Development

    • CooperationWorks!
    • November 2010
  • Community Organizing

    • Camp Wellstone
    • November 2008

Danny Spitzberg's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Hebrew

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Limited working proficiency)

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