About Dan

Dan Geiger is a social entrepreneur with more than 25 years of start-up, executive and consulting experience in the business, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. As a founding CEO of three organizations, Dan knows what it's like to build something from the ground up. He's done it all: develop the vision, strategy, and business plan, attract talent, evangelize, raise funds, manage finances, rally stakeholders, develop programs, market and promote products, and yes, make the coffee, do the dishes and wash the windows.  He is Principal of Dan Geiger Consulting and is currently (on a part-time basis) Director of the Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa, Co-Director of the Business Alliance for a Healthy California, and Coordinator of the Contra Costa Budget Justice Coalition.

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Prior to Dan Geiger Consulting, Dan was Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter. As the first employee, he led the organization to become a global leader in the green building movement. He worked with industry leaders to promote adoption of USGBC’s LEED™ green building certification standard, developed market transforming initiatives and partnerships with globally prominent firms and institutions (the Building Health Initiative and the Clinton Global Initiative Best Building Challenge), produced conferences and galas, and oversaw education and policy advocacy programs.

Previously, Dan was Executive Director of Groundspring.org, an online fundraising platform (formerly part of the Tides Organization, now merged with NetworkForGood), and co-founder and CEO of OpNet, a technology youth employment organization lauded by Al Gore as a cutting edge program addressing the 'digital divide'. He has consulted extensively, and was an early leader in the socially responsible business and investment movements.

He is a frequent public speaker, and has been featured in media such as Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GreenBiz, Fast Company, USA Today, Good Morning America, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and many others.  

Dan is driven by a passionate commitment to sustainability and social equity.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California, is Chair of the Board of the Insight Garden Program, and is on the Steering Committee of the Healthy California Campaign.  He also volunteers at San Quentin prison, facilitating groups for inmates and leading meditation as part of the garden program.

He studied chemical engineering at University of Wisconsin - Madison, holds baccalaureate degrees in psychology and social science from San Francisco State University, and has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California - Berkeley.  

See his LinkedIn profile for more information. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dan several times.  I am continually impressed by his vision, leadership, and skill in building organizations and creating game changing initiatives.  Dan’s skill in working with high level executives, ability to generate resources, and his deep understanding of organizational and inter-personal dynamics help to make his innovative ideas a reality. I learned a lot from Dan - any organization or executive could benefit greatly from his experience!”
— Elizabeth Echols, former Administrator, Western Region SBA

From the gallery

With Vice President Al Gore at a 2000 Presidential campaign event hosted by OpNet

With Vice President Al Gore at a 2000 Presidential campaign event hosted by OpNet

Al Gore speaking at OpNet, with former mayors Wille Brown (San Francisco), Jerry Brown (Oakland), and Ron Gonzales (San Jose)

Al Gore speaking at OpNet, with former mayors Wille Brown (San Francisco), Jerry Brown (Oakland), and Ron Gonzales (San Jose)

Introducing former Secretary of State George Shultz, as he gives a speech for the "Stop Dirty Oil" campaign (aka, No on Proposition 23, which would have repealed California's climate change law)   

Introducing former Secretary of State George Shultz, as he gives a speech for the "Stop Dirty Oil" campaign (aka, No on Proposition 23, which would have repealed California's climate change law)

 

The launch of the Building Health Initiative, a partnership of globally prominent companies, health care institutions, NGO's and government to advance green building as a health issue   

The launch of the Building Health Initiative, a partnership of globally prominent companies, health care institutions, NGO's and government to advance green building as a health issue

 

Al Gore (center top) and OpNet program participants

Al Gore (center top) and OpNet program participants

Insight Garden Program  at San Quentin, where Dan facilitates curriculum and leads meditation

Insight Garden Program at San Quentin, where Dan facilitates curriculum and leads meditation