“What I do is based upon personal life values and commitment to a world of greater peace, justice, equity, wellbeing and spiritual balance.”
Dan has been associated with the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) / Global IPS since 1994. Until 2012 he managed environmental prevention projects advancing health, safety and community revitalization within San Diego County’s Central and South Bay regions under San Diego County, CA Office of Traffic Safety and other funding. He facilitated multi-sector collaborations addressing alcohol/tobacco/other drugs (ATOD), youth, land-use, community safety and quality of life issues. Dan has provided leadership, training and technical assistance over the years resulting in community engagement and advocacy, policy and enforcement achievement, and neighborhood quality of life improvements.
Project highlights have included ATOD policy campaigns, regional DUI/traffic safety initiatives, San Diego’s East Village/Ballpark district planning/risk management and Safe Border community project. The City of San Diego Alcohol Billboards ordinance (2000) and later Alcohol-Free Beaches ordinance were multi-year collaborative outcomes involving Dan’s Vitality San Diego project leadership. Dan co-created and managed with San Diego City College a Pedestrian/Bicyclist safety project involving students, residents, urban planners, city officials, law enforcement and the San Diego Padres. In 2012, Dan began the four year Teralta Area Community Safety Initiative – a Global IPS project with the City Heights Community Development Corporation – focused on achieving safer, healthier and more equitable neighborhood conditions through resident empowerment.
Since 2016, Dan has been functioning as a GIPS volunteer doing pro-bono work in City Heights. In 2019, he became a GIPS Board of Directors member. Dan holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a community practice emphasis from San Diego State University.