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Dan Lesser

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations for the Mayor's Office of Housing, Dan oversees all day-to-day management activities of the department. He manages efforts to improve Boston’s neighborhoods through developing affordable and market-rate housing, advocating for low- and moderate-income Bostonians, reimagining the City’s surplus real estate portfolio, fostering community development, partnering to end homelessness, and assisting Bostonians to become and remain homeowners.  

Prior to this role, Dan was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Transportation and Public Works departments. He also previously served as a Program Director in the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the City's Research and Development team.

Prior to joining the City of Boston, Dan worked as a community organizer and nonprofit director in New Bedford and Lynn, Massachusetts, working on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to gang-violence prevention to immigration reform. Dan is passionate about making sure Boston works for all of its residents, especially around issues of housing, climate change, transportation, and economic opportunity. Dan holds a BA in political science from Oberlin College and an MBA focused on public and nonprofit management from Boston University.

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