Daniel Student

Senior Consultant & Director of Business Development at Potrero Group

Daniel serves as a Senior Consultant and Director of Business Development for Potrero Group. He has been a cultural, environmental, and social sector leader for over fifteen years and brings a unique cross-section of creative and business strategy to his work. His previous leadership positions included serving as Executive Director for Plays & Players Theatre and Administrative Director for International Performing Arts for Youth. Daniel has also served as a theater director of over thirty plays, from which he draws facilitation and innovation skills to bring to his client work.

Daniel’s Potrero Group clients have included Outdoor Afro, North Cascades Institute, Audubon Delta, and Chabot Space & Science Center, for which he has led strategic planning, new program development, board transformation and executive search. Notably, Daniel led Potrero Group’s engagement through Resources Legacy Fund to provide program management to the development of California Natural Resource Agency’s 30×30 strategy to conserve thirty percent of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030.

Daniel co-created a series of courses on Multinational Crosscultural Teams for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education on Coursera, for which he authored and designed the curriculum. Daniel also co-authored a business case with Potrero Group Principal Dr. Cleveland Justis for the 2020 University of California SIEML leadership program for African American and Latina/o undergrads on Outdoor Afro’s new business ventures and with UC Davis Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair Dr. Shannon Anderson on strategic cost management decisions made by community-driven food company The Town Kitchen during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. He won the global 2020 PwC/U21 Innovation Challenge for his presentation on the future of education to prepare students for jobs in a green economy.

Daniel received his MBA at U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM), where he was the recipient of the Newberry Distinguished Fellowship Award for Leadership, the largest privately funded fellowship awarded to two Full-Time MBAs who exhibit long-term CEO potential, as well as the Brad Atwood Scholarship for Social Responsibility.


Individual Park Nonprofit/Conservancy Leaders Cohort

Monday, June 20
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM