Booth Alumni
Nonprofit Consultants

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

Dan Brown gives the camera a soft but serious look in a black suit jacket and green tie

Dan Brown, '86

My career has been in the financial services sector, in analytical roles.  Right out of college (UChicago ’82, BA Economics) I went to work as a runner on the Chicago Board of Trade Financial Futures trading floor.  By the time I graduated from Booth (‘86, at the time just ‘GSB’), I was working with institutional clients to develop hedging strategies for fixed income securities portfolios.  I then moved into risk management roles, first with the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, and then in banking, still focused on analytics for my entire career.

In the last 10 years, I have been working with volunteer organizations. On many weekends, I helped maintain natural areas in Chicago public parks.  I also joined a finance advisory committee for the National Religious Vocational Conference, and took on the role of Co-Director of the local chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

I became more focused on nonprofit roles when I separated from my employer in February 2020. I quickly discovered that transitioning from the corporate, for-profit world into the nonprofit sector was not as easy as I had hoped. As luck would have it, one morning my email inbox contained a call for volunteers for the latest round of BANC projects.  I signed up and found a project close to home in the backyard of Booth, working with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC).  The project involved building out an operational budget forecast for a planned renovation of their building, and the expansion of programming that the new facility would allow. 

I was able to use my analytical skills and finance knowledge to help the BANC team build a tool for HPNC to develop operational income forecasts.  The project gave me direct experience working with a nonprofit organization and a first-hand perspective on how these organizations differ from the corporate world.  Working with my BANC team, I was impressed by how Booth alums from many different fields, with different skills and mindsets, can come together quickly and develop solutions for nonprofits.

BANC has been a great experience. I plan to continue working with BANC and will be a project leader in  the upcoming round of projects.  As rewarding as it has been to simply apply my skills and knowledge for a useful cause, it has also given me fun and opened opportunities for direct experience in areas that I was unfamiliar with.

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