Advisor Spotlight: Daniel Cassidy

Learning Life has been blessed with some remarkably experienced, skilled and smart volunteers.  Among our volunteers, Dan Cassidy is a veteran, having been involved for more than a year in Learning Life’s young life.

Dan’s pleasant demeanor belies an accomplished and focused non-profit professional intent on making a difference.  Dan is a 27-year veteran of the association and nonprofit profession, having held executive management positions with associations in the higher education, business and medical industries, many with operations located around the world.  Most recently, Dan served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and he is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Dan CassidyDan earned a BA in Accounting from Catholic University, an MBA in Finance from George Washington University, and is a certified public accountant (CPA).  He is an active member of the Operational Excellence Roundtable, the Finance & Administration Roundtable (previously its President), and the American Society of Association Executives.

Asked why he chose to volunteer with Learning Life, Dan responds “I choose to work with Learning Life because I believe in the positive impact social entrepreneurship can have on individuals and communities.  The opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with a startup social enterprise like Learning Life is exciting.”  Dan has advised Learning Life on organizational strategy, fundraising and non-profit incorporation, and has made helpful improvements to our website and donation page.

Beyond Learning Life, Dan is active in his local community serving as a volunteer for, among other things, the Fairfax Area Office on Aging, Southwestern Youth Association sports, and his community homeowners association. He resides in Clifton, Virginia with three California natives – his significant other Kathy, along with Annie the dog, Sally the cat, not to mention a garage full of sports equipment.

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