Steve Danon leads Restaurant Brands International’s (RBI) U.S. Government Relations and Community Affairs efforts where he is responsible for the development and execution of a government relations strategy for the company in the United States. This includes identifying priority public policy initiatives at the federal and state levels that impacts RBI’s business and works closely with key industry associations to deliver on goals and objectives. Additionally, Steve leads RBI’s engagement with local communities working with community-based organizations, business improvement bodies and other industry associations in Florida, and the city of Miami where RBI’s iconic brands; Burger King, Popeyes, Tim Hortons, and Firehouse Subs U.S. headquarters offices are based. Steve was recently named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyist 2021.
Prior to joining RBI, Steve served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Public Affairs and Communications for Food Allergy, Research and Education (FARE), the world’s largest food allergy patient advocacy organization. Steve led FARE’s advocacy, communications, and marketing initiatives working with opinion leaders, media, decision makers, and strategic stakeholders on the food allergy epidemic. He oversaw all external relations for FARE, across digital, social, and traditional communication platforms. He also strategically led the advocacy efforts for engagement with Congress, the executive branch, regulatory agencies, state and local advocacy organizations and other groups important to achieve FARE’s goals.
Within two years, he increased grassroots from 17,000 to more than 45,000 food allergy champions, hosted two very successful “Fly-In’s” in 2020/21, to share their voice and advocate for the FASTER Act and advocated for the creation of the Congressional Food Allergy Research Caucus. In 2021, due to his efforts and their congressional champions, the FASTER Act was introduced, and passed in the Senate/House, and signed by President Biden becoming Public Law 117-11 within the first 100 days of a Biden-Harris administration.
Steve was fortunate to be named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyist for 2020, and FARE was awarded its first Campaigns & Elections–Non-Profit Grassroots Organization of the Year. Along the way, Steve and his team secured 4,764 media hits (who’s counting) including the NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, The New York Times, Washington Post, and many more.
Steve joined FARE following his tenure at the National Restaurant Association, where he served as their Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications sharing their stories and leading their efforts on the national, state, and local levels. In addition, Steve had served as a chief of staff to a member of Congress who was very engaged on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
A native of Southern California, Danon graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications.