Dan Garofalo

Dan Garofalo

Senior Advisor

Background & Experience

Dan Garofalo is a creative problem-solver and strategic thinker with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of consulting, institutional, and government roles. As an accredited LEED architect, he has overseen and planned sustainability projects for public sector, higher education, and non-profit organizations to improve lives and promote equity.

Mr. Garofalo’s experience in higher education includes over 20 years as a consultant and senior director at public and private institutions. As the Senior Facilities Planner at the University of Pennsylvania, he chaired the University Transportation and Infrastructure Coordinating Groups to develop consistent strategies across campus and coordinate initiatives with agencies of the City of Philadelphia. As Penn’s first Sustainability Director, he created and implemented university-wide policies and practices for energy conservation, green building and design, waste minimization, sustainable transportation, and engagement programs for the campus community.

As University Architect at Rowan University, he initiated master planning sustainability efforts while managing capital project programming and execution. Mr. Garofalo has over 15 years’ experience as a consulting architect for design firms in Princeton, New York, and Philadelphia, where he led construction and design projects for a variety of commercial, healthcare, and institutional clients. Mr. Garofalo has contributed to communities through public service. He founded Community Design Collaborative, a pro-bono design center in Philadelphia, PA, and served as a founding board member and board chair of Green Building United, formerly the Delaware Valley chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has served twice in the Peace Corps, in Malawi and in Sri Lanka. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Philadelphia Civic Design Review Committee, leading monthly assessments of major development projects in the City of Philadelphia, and on the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Design Advisory Review Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Sustainability
  • Planning

Boards & Affiliations

  • Co-founder, Community Design Collaborative
  • Board Chair, Green Building United
  • Vice-Chair, City of Philadelphia Civic Design Review Committee