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 Senior Facilities Planner, Sustainability Director, and University Architect. 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. After seven years, Mr. Garofalo transitioned his role at Penn to Sustainability Director and managed the university’s environmental efforts, authoring and implementing Penn’s Climate Action Plan, including policies for green building and campus design, energy conservation, waste minimization, sustainable transportation, and engagement programs for the campus community. At Rowan University, Mr. Garofalo’s duties as University Architect included master planning and overseeing the campus’ first sustainability plan.

Prior to his work in higher education, Mr. Garofalo was a consulting architect for the design firms the Hillier Group, Jacobs/Wyper Architects, and Becker Winston Architects, where his work involved leading construction and design projects for a variety of commercial and institutional clients.

Mr. Garofalo has contributed tremendously 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 US Green Building Council. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Philadelphia Civic Design Review Committee, leading monthly assessments of major development projects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Planning
  • Construction Technology

Boards & Affiliations

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