March 10, 2016
Dan Gundersen is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), a state authority governed by private business leaders that focuses on cultivating new business investment, fostering international trade growth, and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since May 2014. Prior to this role with VEDP, Mr. Gundersen was affiliated as Senior Advisor with Econsult Solutions, a national economics research and policy consulting firm based in Philadelphia.
His economic development background includes positions at the city, county, regional, and state levels. Throughout his career, Dan and his teams helped structure deals resulting in the creation and retention of over 150,000 jobs. These projects include world, North American, and/or regional headquarters facilities. Among others, he successfully assisted Morgan Stanley with the decentralization plans following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, resulting in more than 1,000 new jobs for Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Dan was recruited to his current job in Virginia with deep background as a senior economic development official in three other states: New York, where he reported directly to the Governor both as Commissioner of Economic Development and as Upstate Chairman for the Empire State Development Corporation; Pennsylvania, where he held the number two job as Executive Deputy Secretary; and Maryland, where he was Assistant Secretary for Business Development.
At the metropolitan level, he led economic and workforce development efforts for Baltimore County, Maryland, where he produced the County's first economic development operations strategy, was involved with more than $1 billion of mixed-use “New Urbanism” projects, and developed a land use plan for developing 3,300 acres of industrial land near the fast-growing Port of Baltimore. Dan began his career at the city level, where he worked in Philadelphia with business leaders and the Mayor to form public/private partnerships in impoverished neighborhoods.
Dan Gundersen is an Honorary Life Member (HLM) and Fellow Member (FM) of the International Economic Development Council (“IEDC”), the only worldwide association for the economic development profession. He served on the Board of Directors for IEDC and was Chair of the Audit Committee and Co-Chair of a task force that helped produce industry performance measures.
He earned a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Hope College; he also has studied at the Harvard Business School, Georgetown, and Cornell University.