Dan works on a variety of MDC initiatives that encourage communities and regions to develop and implement innovative workforce and economic development strategies impacting low- and moderate-income families. Dan directs the Middle Border Forward initiative with the Danville Regional Foundation, the strategic visioning process for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, and an initiative to work with rural community colleges to improve health outcomes in their communities. Dan works extensively on MDC’s workforce development projects, including helping communities in Arkansas and Mississippi devise better strategies to connect workers to good jobs with career advancement possibilities. He has a special interest in developing effective strategies to meet the needs of the rural South.
Prior to joining MDC, Dan served as director of special projects for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development nonprofit; director of policy and program development for the North Carolina Minority Support Center, a community development financial intermediary; and as a development associate with the Center for Community Self-Help, a community development financial institution.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.