Dan was introduced to community organizing at the age of 17 during a cross-country road trip with Sister Kathleen Ries, his aunt. While earning a bachelor’s degree at Hamline University, Dan became a student organizer and leader. After college, he went to work for Progressive Minnesota, where he served as a canvasser, community and political organizer, and Executive Director. He has worked on numerous legislative, issue, and electoral campaigns and has worked inside the labor movement for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). His overseas experience includes work at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation in the Republic of Ireland, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), and as an election observer in El Salvador.
Dan is a board member of Win Minnesota and National Peoples Campaign. He was a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Rockwood Leadership Institute Leading from the Inside Out.
As Executive Director, Dan is responsible for operationalizing the ambitious vision of TakeAction Minnesota’s leadership into concrete and meaningful action.