As Director of Donor Relations and Communications, Dan guides St. Olaf’s Donor Relations team and shapes strategies for sharing the impact that Oles and donors create together. As a writer and giving professional, he has worked in nonprofits and higher education for over 20 years to advance individual and institutional support for the arts and learning. Dan joined St. Olaf in 2015.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Donor-centric communications and storytelling

  • Communications strategy and planning

  • Impact measurement and reporting

  • Proposal development

  • Creative writing


  • M.F.A. Colorado State University (2002)

  • M.A. Kansas State University (1999)

  • B.A. Creighton University (1996)

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