Born and raised in Ballard as the son of two social workers, Dan’s first job was delivering the Ballard News Tribune while attending Whitman Middle School. After High School, Dan moved to Washington, D.C. to serve in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. During this time, he lived throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania working on projects ranging from disaster relief to teaching in schools.
Dan attended Whittier College studying Political Science and serving as Student Body President. During college he participated in service trips and volunteered daily at the local soup kitchen for all four years. Dan went onto receive his Master of Public Administration degree and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.
Returning to Washington eight years later, Dan moved to Upper Fremont and then to the Green Lake Neighborhood. He split his time between Seattle and Olympia working as a Session Aide and then Legislative Assistant to Senator David Frockt. Dan worked with Senator Frockt on the very first version of Washington’s Extreme Risk Protection Order. When the legislature failed to pass responsible gun legislation, Dan knew how important this policy was to protect our communities so he went to work for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to pass the Extreme Risk Protection Orders initiative.
Currently Dan serves Councilmember Sally Bagshaw as a Policy Advisor on transportation, planning, land use, zoning, economic development, and utility policy. In this role he has also advised on education, parks, and environmental policy.
Dan returned to Ballard, as there is nowhere else that is 2 blocks to the salt water, 4 blocks to the freshwater, and 1 block to multiple bus routes. In his free time, Dan enjoys mountaineering, building hiking trails, and kayaking throughout Seattle. Last year he paddled 70 miles at once in the first ever seventy48, an unsupported human power race from Tacoma to Port Townsend. You can most often find him walking around Green Lake, or at the Ballard Farmer’s market buying salmon and eggs.