When he was named executive director for the Pennsylvania Republican Party in 2003, Dan Hayward became one of the youngest political power-players in Pennsylvania. Today, he applies his success and experience to orchestrate successful local, regional, and statewide issue advocacy campaigns, manage and direct lobbying efforts, and continues to be a key advisor in campaigns and elections.
It was in those early days after graduating summa cum laude from Shippensburg and landing his first job at the Pennsylvania Republican Party that Dan honed his leadership skills through organizing grassroots campaigns and motivating people toward a common goal. Dan’s hard work and skill helped him rise quickly through the ranks. In 2004, at age 25, he was both the executive and victory director of the state GOP and managed a $28 million budget while directing 115 field operatives.
In 2005, Dan joined Novak Strategic Advisors (NSA) as a Senior Associate where he translated his campaign skills into a new paradigm of advocacy, which mobilizes grassroots constituencies on state and national issues at the local level in Pennsylvania. The addition of the Issue Advocacy division to the firm’s traditional lobbying portfolio in 2006 tripled NSA’s profitability and earned it a reputation for being the state’s premier Issue Advocacy firm. Dan became partner in 2010 and managing partner in 2013.
One clear example of Dan’s leadership can be seen at Ski Roundtop, which until 2009 was one of the last remaining resorts in the state without a liquor license because its township was “dry.“ The company was struggling and unable to realize its full economic potential due to an outdated local ordinance. Dan put his political skills to work for the resort. He organized local residents to circulate petitions to place the issue on a local referendum for voters to decide. He engaged the Chamber of Commerce and developed a small army of volunteers for Election Day. Ultimately, the referendum passed with strong support. As a result, Ski Roundtop now has a full-service restaurant, creating nearly 40 new jobs. While this is an example at the most micro level, it’s the scalpel-like approach and doctor-like precision that Dan takes into each campaign no matter how big or small.
Dan also put his outstanding leadership skills to work for the Central PA Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Dan first got involved in 2007, after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It did not take long for JDRF to see his potential for leadership. In short order, he was on the Board of Directors and within four years, he was serving as President of the Board. Under his leadership, JDRF broke all fundraising records in 2013-2014 raising more than $1.25 million to help find a cure and earned the chapter national recognition as the most improved chapter in fundraising.
Dan lives in Harrisburg with his wife Kristen. In his spare time, Dan sits on numerous local, regional, and national non-profit boards in addition to JDRF, including Riding on Insulin and Running for Rachel. He continues to be a passionate advocate in seeking a cure for diabetes, is an avid cyclist, and completed his first full Ironman in 2015 as part of the Riding on Insulin team.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- Corporate Development Chair and Board Member, Central Pennsylvania Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Vice Chairman, Riding on Insulin
- Board Member, Running for Rachel