EAST ORANGE, NJ – Dan M. De Nose grew up in Newark, NJ as a first generation American born to Haitian parents who were determined to provide the best possible opportunities to their children. Despite his parent’s efforts to build an environment predicated by love, spirituality, and positive moral values, Dan’s formative years were categorized by a rebellious streak which resulted in low academic engagement, serial suspensions, and copious amounts of time spent in detention.
At the age nine years old, Dan was noticed by a talent scout from the world renowned Newark Boy’s Chorus School and after a short audition, was invited to enroll. While attending NBCS, he was given the opportunity to participate in international singing tours, perform on the set of Good Morning America, and even take the stage at Carnegie Hall.
Despite his struggles, those around Dan continued to believe in his potential for greatness and never gave up on him. This type of encouragement led to Dan attending a military summer camp, where he began to strengthen his confidence, self-discipline and the leadership skills necessary to become a self-determined young man. Recognizing Dan’s growth and potential, the camp director pitched the idea that Dan leave Newark to attend school in Geneva, NY.
Armed with a new sense of self and the ambition to continue on his path to improvement, he transferred to school in Geneva, where he did a complete 180 turnaround and began to excel.
During his undergraduate study, Dan designed his own major called Rhetoric of Leadership, co-creating a program called “Leaders of Tomorrow,” which mentored young men at the Boys and Girls club. He was recognized with the Presidents’ Award for Outstanding Service to Campus and Community and the President’s Civic Leadership Award. Dan also sat on the Board of Trustees as a student for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Years before, Dan had never envisioned even making it through middle school. Today, he holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, and inducted into the Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society as Magna Cum Laude.
During his time as a graduate student, Dan received the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration Academic Excellence Award, accepted into an international 2-month fellowship with USAID Global Development in Cape Town, South Africa where he researched ways to improved STEM education, as well as receiving placement in an international research public policy case study with Seoul Metropolitan in Seoul, Korea.
Dan’s professional experience ranges from Senior Manager for the Office of Family and Community Engagement, Newark Public School; Assistant Director, Rutgers University – Cooperman College Scholars; Community Relations Manager, Newark Fairmont Promise Neighborhood; Project Director, Rutgers Newark Freedom School; Deputy Director for Community Advocacy, iReform; Program Coordinator, Prudential Financial; Personal Aide: [former] Mayor Cory Booker – Newark, NJ
Dan is a proud Board of Directors member of Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp, a proud alumnus of Leadership Newark class of 2014, a proud member of Bethesda International Ministry Church, and Founder & Executive Director of Leaders of the 21st Century, whose mission is to develop civic minded youth leaders in urban communities and prepare them for the world of work and beyond through leadership and professional development. He works and lives in Newark, NJ.
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