Director of Federal Policy
301 N Fairfax Street, Suite 101
Alexandria, VA 22313
703-683-4202 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
410-730-6610 (Tue, Thu)
In his position as Director of Federal Policy, Dan Berland crafts the federal policy strategy of the association and pursues the interests of state developmental disability agencies on Capitol Hill and to the executive branch of the federal government. Dan engages with federal legislators and executive branch policy-makers, represents the association within the federal policy arena, publishes reports and analyses of federal statutory and regulatory changes, and prepares both the weekly Federal News Briefs bulletins and the monthly Federal Perspectives newsletter. In his eight years with the association, Dan has played a key role in NASDDDS activity around Medicaid HCBS and ICF/IDD policy, and new laws and programs such as Medicare Part D and HIPAA.
Dan received a B.A. from Northwestern University. Before joining NASDDDS, he held positions as a campaign director for an arm of the State Public Interest Research Groups, a national environmental and consumer watchdog organization; managing a SCORE! Educational Center; and as Assistant Director of Leadership Howard County, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting civic leadership and volunteerism among adults and youth in Howard County, Maryland.