Dan Gundersen joined Camoin Associates in 2018 after a distinguished career as an executive manager of fast-moving, high-profile organizations. He served more governors of different states than any other practitioner in the economic development profession, helping transform communities and create and retain more 150,000 jobs. Prior to joining Camoin, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership recruited Dan to provide crisis management services and reorganize operations. He helped lead Virginia to record-breaking capital investment of nearly $20 billion from more than 1,000 economic development projects. Previously, he was simultaneously Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, Co-Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, and Upstate Chairman, and was widely credited with helping restore public confidence in New York by creating comprehensive strategies for achieving economic growth. Dan served Governor Ed Rendell as Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, managing a nearly $1-billion budget and implementing a $2.8-billion program. He also was Assistant Secretary for Business Development for the State of Maryland.
For these and other accomplishments, Dan was recognized by the International Economic Development Council as a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member, the highest awards bestowed in the profession. Dan earned a graduate degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College, with studies at the Harvard Business School, Georgetown University and Cornell University.
His areas of expertise include economic and business growth strategies and establishing, reforming, and leading complex organizations.
Dan’s Previous Leadership Roles
- COO & Interim President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
- Executive Director, Baltimore County Economic & Workforce Development
- Commissioner of New York State Department of Economic Development, and Upstate Chair and Co-Chair, Empire State Development Corporation
- Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
- Assistant Secretary for Business Development, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
United States Virgin Islands | Vision 2040 | Produced a 20-year economic blueprint for the United States territory that included the participation of the governor and cabinet, federal officials, and more than 3,000 residents, expats, institutions, and businesses.
Los Angeles County, CA | Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy | Served as Co-Lead for a multi-disciplinary team that developed a five-year economic strategy for the most populous county in the nation, with more than 10-million residents and 88 cities.
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association | Three separate assignments: Served as Lead for a statewide After Action Report to assess Virginia’s hospitals’ and health institutions’ overall response during the COVID-19 global pandemic; Developed the 2021 Business Plan for the for-profit VA Shared Services Corporation; andprepared an analysis of Virginia’s healthcare industry demand for PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for onshoring manufacturing of healthcare products.
Albany County, NY, and Chautauqua County, NY | Led the formation of a new economic development corporation in Albany and a new economic partnership in Chautauqua to bring together dozens of economic development-related organizations and key businesses around common goals.