Mark Danes, Des Moines University Chief Strategic Communications Officer

Mark Danes, M.S.

Public Affairs Director and University Historian, President’s Office

515-271-1661 (Office Phone)

Mark Danes, M.S., serves in the Office of the President as Des Moines University’s public affairs director and university historian. He joined DMU in 2016 as chief strategic communications officer. 

Previously, he led marketing and communications at the University of North Dakota. Before UND, he spent five years leading marketing and communications at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. There, he built the first marketing and communications team and helped forge partnerships with Google, Boeing, SPAWAR and Joint Base Charleston. He was also active with The Citadel Foundation, helping to expand institutional advancement capabilities.

Mr. Danes has a diverse background in public relations, brand management and marketing. He is a certified project manager and specialist in organizational change and crisis communications. He helped lead some of the largest consulting organizations including the Boston Consulting Group, Edelman, J. Walter Thompson and the Forum Corporation, with clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola and the New York Stock Exchange as well as banks, law firms and financial services firms. He also served as a public affairs leader for NYU Medical Center and McGraw-Hill.  

Mr. Danes earned his master of science degree in project management at The Citadel. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in literature and theater at SUNY-Purchase College.

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