A Jersey boy at heart, Lieutenant Daniel Connell joined the U.S. Navy after witnessing firsthand the World Trade Center attacks from across the Hudson river while attending Seton Hall University. Many of his friends and classmates lost loved ones on that horrific day.
A devoted husband and soon-to-be father, Dan served as an intelligence officer in a variety of roles during his six years of service, from Iraq and the Persian Gulf to Korea and the Pentagon. This latter position presented a steep learning curve, requiring him to develop a working knowledge of technical issues such as the nuclear fuel cycle and basic rocket science, but with hard work, his results on this assignment earned him several accolades.
Seeking a new challenge and aiming to serve his country by addressing the daunting energy issues we face, Dan left the military to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government jointly with a master’s in business administration at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Fusing his educational and professional experience, Dan aims to help bring change to our nation‘s energy strategy by serving as a senior policy advisor and advocating for comprehensive solutions to our energy problems.