Danny Friel

National Director of Research & Evaluation

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Danny manages data collection and program evaluation across LIFT’s four regions, helping staff monitor progress against goals and find new ways to improve our partnerships with families. He LIFTs to support children in the first years of life. He believes that kids thrive when their parents are supported and have equitable access to the resources they need.

Danny began his career in early childhood cognition research at MIT and went on to work on early childhood issues in both non-profit and public sector settings. In 2017, he authored a study on early childhood education workforce initiatives for the City of San Francisco. A first-generation college graduate, he received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Danny also grew up outside Philadelphia and is happy to be back on the east coast after living in California for five years. His hobbies include swimming, running, reading, cooking and politics.


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