Dan has worked in the conservation real estate field for over forty years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has completed many complex conservation transactions involving a wide-range of legislative, administration and private-sector real estate tools and incentives. He has served on several non-profit boards and public commissions, has managed several organizations, and is a frequent public speaker.
After working in the Illinois and Washington D.C. offices of The Nature Conservancy, Dan came to Colorado in 1975 as Director of the organization’s Rocky Mountain Field Office, managing programs in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. A founder and principal in the Western Land Group, he specialized in completing land exchanges with government agencies from 1981 to 1996. Dan was hired as President of Colorado Open Lands in 1997. He was a founding Board member of both the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, a non-profit agricultural land preservation group in Gunnison County, and the Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen, Colorado. He is past Vice-Chairman of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, and has served on several committees for the Land Trust Alliance. He has also served on three Governor’s Open Space Commissions, and was the first chair of the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, established by the legislature to provide oversight to the State’s conservation easement program.
Dan received his BA from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Real Estate Institute.