Dan Carol serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and has worked for three decades with government, business, community, and foundation leaders to drive deep innovation, citizen engagement and bottom up, community partnerships.
Currently, Dan Carol serves at the Milken Institute as a Director in the Center for Financial Markets, with the goal of expanding MI’s efforts to work with state and local policymakers in fostering best practice implementation of the Opportunity Zones Initiative to yield both financial returns and social impact. Before joining Milken, he served as Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Energy to Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom of California where he focused on climate finance and accelerating innovative infrastructure project work inside California and beyond, and was the state's Opportunity Zones program lead.. Before that, he served as the state's lead to create the California Opportunity Zones program. Carol served the Obama Administration as a member of the U.S. DOE State Energy Advisory Board and led efforts to create the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, which was a 2015 winner of the Harvard Ash Center award for government innovation.
A former fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University and a former advisor to the Congressional Institute for the Future, Carol is a frequent speaker on next generation policy trends to groups such as the Harvard University JFK School of Public Affairs, The London School of Economics and the Gannett Freedom Forum. Carol has co-authored one book on civic collaboration entitled Special Area Management(Duke University Press), and is currently working on a new book on the intentional process of community innovation.
He holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.