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Daniel Culbreath, Assistant Vice Chancellor for State Government Relations

Daniel Culbreath serves as assistant vice chancellor for state government relations at Vanderbilt University. In this role, he develops and directs state legislative and government strategies for the university and advocates on behalf of the university with state policymakers.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Culbreath served as a principal at Stones River Group, a Nashville-based public affairs group, where he helped clients secure support on a variety of public policy issues. These include the IMPROVE Act, a comprehensive plan passed by the General Assembly in 2017 to update the transportation infrastructure in Tennessee, and Nashville Metro Council legislation paving the way for the city to secure a major league soccer franchise.

Culbreath’s previous experience in state government included serving as chief of staff and senior policy adviser to former Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick from 2011 to 2016. While working for the house majority leader, he played a key role in the negotiations and passage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program and spent a year as legislative director for the state house. He also served as a research analyst for the House State and Local Government Committee and was an assistant to the public policy director in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Culbreath spent two years in Washington, D.C., working at the Environmental Protection Agency as an appointee under then-President George W Bush.

In 2006, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lipscomb University, where he majored in political science.