Activist, artist, economist, and social entrepreneur Daniel Dart's journey from being incarcerated and homeless to where he is today shows how powerful second chances can be.
A leader and advocate for underserved and underprivileged communities, he has worked on the ground helping build equity and social movements on both a local and global scale. A rare talent, he matriculated to London School of Economics graduate school without ever having received an undergraduate degree. In addition to being published in Harvard Business Review, he has published his academic and economic research in numerous journals and presented it worldwide, including in Sri Lanka, China, Ireland, Japan, and the United States.
Daniel's journey to where he is today is anything but typical. He was born in the Bay Area but spent most of his youth in Southern California. He experienced homelessness on the streets of San Diego and Los Angeles between 1999-2001, a chapter of time that shapes everything he does to this day. Daniel was the brainchild of a prominent punk-rock band, Time Again, where he wrote and sang about social issues, poverty, and getting through life one day at a time. In 2011 he was sentenced to 6 years in prison, where he filed and won an appeal to reduce his sentence by two years. It was upon release, with a new perspective of owning his own flaws while being true to himself, that he made amends and launched the second chapter of his life – one that focuses on the altruistic value of helping others.
He is a Member of Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and an Advisory Board Member of Village Capital.
He is the Founder, CEO, and Managing Partner of Dart Capital & Co., a private equity firm based out of Los Angeles.