Donjek, Inc. is very pleased to announce that Dan
Walsh will join the firm as Vice President in June. A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy
School of Government, Dan brings a wide range of experience crafting and
implementing urban development strategies. The Minneapolis native’s expertise in financing options and his skills in analyzing and planning economic development initiatives,
transportation investments, and public-private development projects will be a
great addition to Donjek. See coverage of Walsh’s arrival in this week’s Finance and Commerce newspaper.
Dan has played a leadership role in urban
development initiatives in Minnesota and elsewhere. While with St. Paul-based Transit
for Livable Communities, he helped to pass the 2005 Minnesota state transportation bill that
authorized the 2006 constitutional referendum on the use of the State’s Motor
Vehicle Sales Tax. In addition, he worked with communities to plan
redevelopment projects including Lake Street in Minneapolis and downtown Robbinsdale, Minnesota. He is also familiar with political strategic planning
having managed campaigns for Minnesota state representatives.
Dan’s experience elsewhere includes helping to update
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies report America’s Rental Housing – Homes for a
Diverse Nation. He also helped to craft an economic development strategy
for the North Central Massachusetts region and a real estate development proposal
in Allston, Massachusetts. In 2007, Harvard’s Kennedy School awarded Dan the Michael
S. Dukakis Fellowship. This honor brought him to work for Maryland Governor
Martin O’Malley’s policy director where he analyzed policy initiatives for the
governor and worked with officials from various state departments to craft a
policy framework for the governor’s sustainability, security, and workforce
Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Annie.