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Dan Egol (he/him/his)

Co-Founder and Executive Director

My Story

Raised in a multi-cultural home with strong ties to both Cuba and Israel, Dan grew up passionate about social justice, community building, and global affairs. Shortly after visiting his Cuban family in Havana for the first time in 2004, changes in family travel policy prevented him from accessing his family for eight years. This foundational experience taught Dan that an inability to appreciate and navigate diversity with nuance and humility divides communities.

To foster more progressive and enduring connections amongst and between different groups of people, Dan studied political science and sociology at Middlebury College while working on campus at the college admissions office, the Americans with Disabilities Act Office, and a research center focused on the comparative study of race and ethnicity. These experiences, reinforced by internships at the Smithsonian American History Museum, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project, led Dan to Cook Ross Inc., a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultancy. Over the course of five years there he held various roles, including Project Manager, Client Success Lead, and Chief of Staff to the Managing Partner.

In 2020, Dan completed an MBA at the Yale School of Management as a Point Foundation Scholar, Consortium for the Graduate Study of Management Scholar, Hispanic Scholarship Recipient, and Prospanica Scholarship Recipient. At Yale, Dan served as the Community & Inclusion Officer in student government, co-chaired of the Yale Philanthropy Conference, and co-founded '&Society,' a weekly conversation forum for social justice topics not covered by the core MBA curriculum. During both years of his MBA experience, Dan was nominated and selected by his peers for a ‘Teddy Award’ for the student who most embodies the school’s mission to ‘educate leaders for business and society.’

Now the inaugural Executive Director of IDEAS Generation, Dan dedicates his time to building the team, operations, and strategy to ‘connect, support, and elevate the next generation of leaders and communities advancing IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice.’ Most recently, he was selected as a 2023 Roddenberry Foundation Fellow and completed Leadership Greater Washington Signature Program as the youngest member of the 2022 cohort.

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