Dan Flynn is the foundation’s Director of Development, Marketing & Communications. He joined CFHoCo in January of 2020.
Where did you grow up? Go to school?
I grew up in Newark, Delaware. I am one of six children – five boys and one girl. I went to college at Johns Hopkins, and I have pretty much lived in Maryland since then. I earned both my undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Hopkins. I am a Blue Jay through and through. My wife and I live in Columbia with our two elementary school-aged children.
What do you do at the Community Foundation?
My role here is a pretty broad scope of responsibilities. I love that my position allows me to do something different almost every day. In the simplest terms, I tell the story of the foundation, our donors and our community with the goal of raising funds to support needs in the community. As champions for local philanthropy, we help people achieve their philanthropic goals.
What are your favorite things about Howard County?
Wow. Where do I start? The land is beautiful, diverse and strategically located with it’s proximity to Baltimore, D.C. and BWI, yet rolling farmland too. There’s so much to do. Just this past weekend we went to an Orioles game one night, a concert another and then went strawberry picking at Larriland Farms the next morning. I also love the diversity of people, the quality schools and the amazing amenities that you can get with a CA membership. We live in the village of Kings Contrivance, and we have an incredible neighborhood.
What other organizations do you support?
Locally, I serve on the board of OhanaHC and the Howard County Estate Planning Council. In addition to serving on the board of OhanaHC, I’ve been a mentor for three years. OhanaHC is a wonderful organization, and its always in need of mentors.
I am a class rep for my LeadershipHC class and volunteer there too. And I really enjoyed serving as a volunteer coach for my daughter’s basketball team this past winter.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Get involved. There are so many great local organizations that need energetic, quality volunteers. Find your place and go make a difference.