Senior Government Relations Associate
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Prior to joining the Columbia Public Affairs team, Dan’s career has spanned 15 years and has involved stints in advocacy, campaigns, and education. Most recently, he spent five years teaching high school and middle school social studies in Oregon and Washington State – using his practical political experience to help students understand how their government works and provide them with opportunities to engage in the political process through meaningful self-advocacy.
Before becoming a classroom teacher Dan had the honor of serving as a lobbying, media relations, and advocacy representative for several local and national nonprofit organizations. In these roles, he had the privilege of working with the Pew Environment Group, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, the Oregon Student Association, the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, and the Oregon Working Families Party. In these roles he worked tirelessly in the halls of the U.S. Congress, the Oregon State Legislature, and other elected bodies to address issues ranging from renewable energy standards to small business loans and everything in between.
Dan has also served in senior staff roles on several statewide and local candidate and ballot measure campaigns – including races for Oregon Attorney General, Washington County Commission Chair, the Oregon Senate, and Clackamas County Measure 3-564.
Dan currently lives in the Friendly Area Neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon with his partner, their kiddo, two cats, two chickens, and two ducks. When he's not working hard to deliver big wins for Columbia Public Affairs’ clients, you might find him volunteering with Eugene’s Historic Review Board, hitting a tennis ball around, or playing a musical instrument.