Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons serves on the Urban & Regional Planning program faculty and is special project director at the District of Columbia Deputy Mayor’s Office for Economic Development.

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Lyons has over 15 years’ experience managing the planning, development and construction of public and private investments in cities. The location of his projects range from New York to California and from Washington, D.C. to Boston. He currently works to manage complex public-private development projects in the District of Columbia. 

He is formerly principal in his own development firm, Lyons & Company, which focuses on rehabilitation and repositioning of distressed property in the Washington and Baltimore markets. At Raytheon Engineers & Constructors in New York, he was responsible for resident engineering, construction management and geologic, hydro-geologic, and geotechnical investigations associated with the siting, design and construction of infrastructure projects ranging from New York City public schools to the Croton Water Supply. 

At Goody Clancy in Boston, he created vision and development plans for communities across the country and led the award-winning Urban River Visions project, focused on downtown and waterfront revitalization. Urban River Visions won three national awards. At Winchester Homes in Bethesda, he managed the planning, design and entitlement process for large, complex real estate development projects valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Mr. Lyons has held many volunteer positions on various city, county, and state boards related to parks, planning and development. These include service on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Open Space (Connecticut), the Land Conservation Trust (Connecticut), and the Forest Conservation Advisory Committee (Maryland). He has also served on two homeowner association boards and various other professional and nonprofit boards including the Land Use Council (FCBA) and Environmental Committee (MNCBIA) of local professional associations. 

He holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.