Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since July 2013. The Gwinnett Chamber is one of the largest suburban Chambers of Commerce in the nation. As president, Dr. Kaufman is responsible for all Chamber programs as well as for being an advocate for regional strategic initiatives for a more competitive economy and an enhanced quality of life in Gwinnett County and the metropolitan Atlanta region.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Chamber, Dr. Kaufman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Explore Gwinnett, a member of the Board of the Council for Quality Growth, a member of the Board of Directors of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, a member of the board of the Greater Gwinnett Championship Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville and was a founding director of Touchmark National Bank. He was named as an ongoing “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend as well as an “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Prior to assuming his duties at the Chamber, Dr. Kaufman was the founding president of Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrenceville, the first new public 4-year college in Georgia in over 100 years. The college admitted its first class of 118 students in August 2006 and its first freshman class in August 2007. The mission of GGC is to provide baccalaureate level degrees that contribute to the economic development needs of Gwinnett County and the surrounding region. At the time of his departure in June 2013, GGC had nearly 10,000 students pursuing 40 fields of study.
Before serving as president of Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Kaufman was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army, serving as Dean of the Academic Board and Chief Academic Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a position from which he retired in June 2005. In his capacity as the chief academic officer, Dr. Kaufman was responsible for the design and implementation of the academic program at West Point. He has written several books, the most recent being Understanding International Relations. His other books include U.S. National Security Strategy for the 1990s, U.S. National Security: A Framework for Analysis; Democracy, Strategy, and Vietnam; and NATO at Forty: Change, Continuity, and Prospects.
Dr. Kaufman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968; he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Kaufman also holds a Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Studies Association, and the American Political Science Association.
Dr. Kaufman’s military service includes tours with cavalry and armor units in the United States and Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star for heroism and two Purple Hearts for wounds sustained during combat. He also has served as a member of the National Security Council staff in the White House and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served as a Special Assistant to three Chiefs of Staff of the Army. He also was a member of the Department of Defense Presidential Transition Team in 1992. Brigadier General Kaufman also was engaged extensively in the development of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, which opened in Kabul in April 2005. Upon his retirement from active duty, General Kaufman was honored by the British government as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).
He and his wife, Kathryn, are both natives of Brunswick, Georgia. They have two children, daughter Emily and son David, two granddaughters, Emma and Katie, and two grandsons, Connor and Will.