Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Dan Lindheim

Assistant Professor of Practice

Areas of Expertise

  • Housing & Urban Policy
  • Budget/Finance
  • Labor and Employment
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • City Management
  • Education Finance & Policy
  • Police and Criminal Justice
  • Public Employee Pensions
  • Public Health

Biography

Dan Lindheim is an economist, planner, software developer, and attorney. Until 2011, Dan was City Administrator for the City of Oakland. He previously headed Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency. In prior lives, Dan was a World Bank economist as well as senior advisor to Congressman Ron Dellums and to the House of Representatives Armed Services and District Committees.

Dan spent over a decade in the private sector as President and CEO of two leading high tech software companies in the professional video, animation, special effects, and scientific visualization markets.

Early in his professional life, Dan headed a multi-province regional development office for the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and taught at the University of Chile. Dan was also a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Services Research and Development.

Active in the local community, Dan was long-time Chair of the Planning and Oversight Committee for the Berkeley school district and continues to serve on the Audit Committee for both Berkeley and Oakland school districts. Dan was co-chair of two successful school parcel tax campaigns in Berkeley, was a Board member of the Berkeley Community Fund, and was Chair of the Education Committee and Foreman pro tem of the Alameda County Grand Jury, in addition to serving on many other boards and commissions. Finally, Dan was a state champion youth soccer coach, played tennis for Cal, and as a union electrician installed every speaker in the Oakland Coliseum.

Dan has a PhD in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, a law degree from Georgetown, and is a member of the California Bar. Dan also has a BA in economics and masters degrees in city planning and public health, all from UC Berkeley.