Baseball Player to Political Guru… BAD’s Founder - Jim Dantona

If you met Jim Dantona on the baseball field, you might never know that that he makes his living in the political arena as one of the most sought-after governmental consultants in California, even working as an advisor to two U.S. Presidents. Likewise, if you confronted him in the halls of the Capitol building in Sacramento, his passion for the game of baseball, his brief playing days with the Chicago Cubs and California Angels, and his love for his children might remain a secret. But these two worlds are deftly interwoven, creating the foundation for Baseballers Against Drugs.

For over 30 years, this driven political animal has brought his “game face” to Sacramento, Washington D.C. and beyond. Since 1989 he has harnessed his passion for the game, his concern for kids, and his business, political, and baseball friends all together on the playing field for children across America. This strategy has proven very successful for BAD, which has reached over 60,000 children to date. Both Jim and his beloved non-profit organization have received numerous awards and accolades including 2003 Volunteer Organization of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the prestigious FBI Community Leadership Award.

As President of Governmental Impact, Jim has worked the campaigns of dozens of U.S. Senators and members of Congress and hundreds of local representatives. With his diverse background and results-oriented consulting firm, he has been a catalyst for both environmental groups and developers. He has championed organized labor and gone to bat for independent and small business. He secured international investment for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (and was honored by Mayor Tom Bradley for doing so) and helped fund a Veterans Memorial in his own Simi Valley, California.

He’s never taken a dime for his work with Baseballers Against Drugs, though he has led its march across the country since its inception. What started as a dream of playing professional baseball for this 4-time Alemany High School varsity baseball player (who still holds many school records over 40 years later) has culminated in helping young boys and girls to stay focused on their own dreams. With its anti-drug, anti-gang, pro-education message, and with baseball as the vehicle, Jim has united Major League and Minor League ballplayers, corporate and political leaders, teachers, coaches and clergy with caring families throughout America to “focus the energy of today’s youth into positive thinking and action.” On the political front, Jim Dantona continues to this day to carry his competitive edge into City Hall, the State Capitol, and the White House.

Interested in learning more about Jim Dantona & Governmental Impact?
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