Daniel Odescalchi is president of Strategic Advantage International, a political consulting firm based in New York State. He began consulting for the new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in 1992. He consulted for the Prime Minister of Hungary and the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the Democratic Convention in Romania, the Party of Coexistence in Slovakia and the Alternative Council of Ministers in Bosnia Herzegovina.
He founded the Survival in a Democracy Project that assisted new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in learning the skills necessary to build and maintain political support. Odescalchi raised the funds for the project by working with 13 international organizations, which included the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Westminster Foundation.
An expert on post-communist voter trends, he has spoken extensively on the topic including at the Atlantic Council Meetings in Budapest and the European Democrat Union Conference in Berlin. While residing in Eastern Europe, Odescalchi was a frequent columnist for English language newspapers. In late 1995 he returned to the United States to become deputy national political director for the presidential bid of Republican Steve Forbes.
Odescalchi is a contributing author to the Handbook of Political Marketing. His most recent campaign efforts include New York Governor Pataki’s re-election campaign and Scott Vanderhoef’s bid for Congress. He is presently assisting a cement manufacturer in securing permits from the EPA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.