Dan is a Wisconsin native and founder of the WiLD Project. Moved by his faith and experience working in the inner-city schools of Houston, Texas, Dan was called to community organizing. For the past 19-years, he has built grassroots organizations in struggling communities throughout the world including the Middle East, South Africa, Venezuela, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada. From 1999-2006, he worked in St. Louis, Missouri as a faith-based organizer on a variety of grassroots initiatives that delivered historic victories on poverty and later played an integral role in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. He co-founded the Leading Change Network—a global community of practice—and since has trained and stood in solidarity with leaders across many social justice movements.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University and Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University studying social movements and non-profit administration. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University with Dr. Marshall Ganz in community organizing and guest lecturer at Marquette University. Dan currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two sons.