A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Dan was born and raised here in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Norman. He attended Putnam City Schools and got both his degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Dan spent ten years as a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City before joining United Way in 1997 as Vice President for Agency Relations, Allocations and Community Investment. While at United Way, Dan also served as Director of Success by Six: A Central Oklahoma Partnership for Children, was chair of Oklahoma Kids CareNet (a diverse group of government and non-profit service providers working with the families of severely emotionally disturbed youngsters), and was Executive Director of Central Oklahoma Turning Point. Dan also managed public sector campaigns at United Way, the allocations and community investment process, and the research and convening function.
Dan became the founding Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance in 2004 to build the community’s capacity to better care for the homeless. The Alliance has developed and implemented a networked computer database that allows agencies serving the homeless to share data on shared clients, developed and implemented community standards for homeless shelters, and developed the WestTown Homeless Resources Campus, a “one-stop shop” covering a city block with a day shelter serving 300 homeless people daily, a resource center filled with comprehensive services available for the homeless, and an apartment complex for chronically homeless and homeless veterans. In January, 2013, Dan and his partners in the Journey Home-OKC began working to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Oklahoma City by December 31, 2016.
Dan is the immediate past president of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, the immediate past president of the United Way Agency Directors’ Association, and a member of the Federal Reserve’s Community Development Roundtable.