Global Conference 2010
Founding President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Daniel Pedersen is Founding President of the Omaha-based Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Established in 2005, the fund is committed to establishing a more level playing field for all children as they enter kindergarten. It funds, among others, Educare Centers in the nationwide Bounce Learning Network; the Birth to Five Policy Alliance and the First Five Years Fund; research within the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; and Building Bright Futures, a community-wide effort in Omaha to make comprehensive improvements in educational quality and equity. Pedersen has also served as board chairman of Educare of Omaha, a nonprofit that began serving center-city children in 2002. Before entering philanthropy, Pedersen worked as a journalist for 25 years, including 18 years as Newsweek′s bureau chief in Atlanta, London and Houston, and as deputy bureau chief in Los Angeles. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Boston College.