Daniel Ronan is an arts, culture, and heritage professional based in Chicago, where he is the principal of his own firm, Resilient Heritage. He brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, with experience working in museums, tourism, international relations, and community development corporations. Ronan started the "Resilient Heritage" blog and firm in 2014 to showcase how arts, culture, and heritage organizations communicate their benefits to society. He left his nonprofit work in March 2019 to campaign for now-Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot as the manager of operations, where he managed the politician’s 13 campaign offices. After campaigning, he decided to expand his practice full time as principal in May 2019, deepening its focus and increasing its partnerships with philanthropic and governmental sectors. His chief aim is to connect people through sustained personal relationships, elevating the work of mission-based organizations.
Ronan serves on several nonprofit boards, including the International Council of Museums U.S., an international museum association; the governor-appointed Illinois Arts Council; Docomomo Chicago, an advocacy organization for modern architecture and design; and on the auxiliary board of the National Museum of Mexican Art, a neighborhood art institution. In his spare time, he likes to travel on Amtrak, visit museums, and ride his bike.