About Dan

DANIEL P. BEARD, the author of Deadbeat Dams, has been a forceful advocate for water policy reform for nearly four decades. He has extensive experience working in the government and private sector. His positions include:

  • Chief Administrative Officer, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Staff Director, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Assistant Director, Domestic Policy Staff, White House
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Max Baucus
  • Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, National Audubon Society
  • Senior Adviser, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Analyst in Environmental Policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

While those positions are important, there are some other things you should know about Dan:

  • He religiously does a crossword puzzle each day, and he’s participated in the
    National Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York City
  • He’s never passed up an opportunity to float any portion of the Colorado River
  • He loves walking his Corgi-Golden Retriever mix named Choo-Choo at least four miles each day
  • He’s a long-suffering, and lately, very frustrated fan of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and the Washington Nationals.
  • He loves almost every Jane Austen book or movie, and has visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England
  • His favorite movies are The Big Lebowski, Pride and Prejudice and Notting Hill
  • Since retiring in 2010, he has visited more than 30 countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

A native of Bellingham, Washington, Dan received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He currently serves as the Chairman, American Forest Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the Board of Directors of Save the Colorado. 

He and his wife Dana have been married 49 years have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, as well as two grandchildren.