Dan first became interested in Japan while living in an international dorm as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He spent a summer in Japan studying Japanese language and culture in Aomori where he learned of JASC from an alumnus of the program. He later served as Student Chair of the American Executive Committee in 2011(JASC63) and led JASC through a challenging period (following the unthinkable events of March 11) that concluded with a successful and meaningful Conference in Japan. Dan holds a B.S. in Economics with minors in Mathematics and International Studies.