Daniel A. Macaluso
Senior Consultant & Principal
Dan has been in and around higher education his entire life, growing up as the son of a university professor, graduating from Penn State University and, shortly thereafter, beginning what has been a rewarding 30-year career in higher education advancement. Over the course of his career, Das has had the privilege of serving four top-tier colleges and universities — including two large public universities, a large private university, and a small private liberal arts college. He joined the Marts & Lundy team as a Senior Consultant in 2019.
Before joining our firm, Dan served as the Vice President for Advancement at Harvey Mudd College, where he is also recognized as an Honorary Alumnus. His leadership brought the College to the strongest fundraising period in its history, which included the successful planning, launch, and conclusion of the College’s largest comprehensive campaign. Prior to Harvey Mudd, Dan was a consultant to the LIVESTRONG Foundation, helping them plan and launch their first campaign.
Dan began his career at Penn State University during his alma mater’s first campaign. Beginning as a front-line fundraiser in annual giving, he advanced to positions including Major Gift Officer for the College of Science, Director of Development for the School of Communications, and Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Following his time at Penn State, Dan joined the University of Texas as Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the early stages of the University’s $1 billion campaign. He soon moved into broader leaderships roles as Assistant Vice President and then Associate Vice President. As Associate Vice President, he led all major and annual giving activity — centrally and across nineteen units — and developed an infrastructure and culture to support a collaborative, strategic, and effective fundraising team.
After serving the University of Texas, Dan became the Vice President of Development for University Programs and Campaign Co-Director at Emory University. While there, he helped plan and lead a $1.6 billion campaign and helped significantly change the university-wide culture of philanthropy.
- Brookings Institution
- Heterodox Academy
- Institute of Noetic Sciences
- Loyola Marymount University
- Loyola University of Chicago
- Rice University
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- Texas A&M University (12th Man Foundation)
- Penn State University, Smeal College of Business Administration, B.S.