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Dan Varner

CEO, Excellent Schools Detroit

Dan_VarnerDan Varner is the CEO at Excellent Schools Detroit, a coalition working to ensure an excellent education for every Detroit child, cradle to career, by 2020. Varner has worked as a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on both the Michigan and education and learning teams. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Think Detroit, which he led through a merger with another nonprofit organization to form Think Detroit PAL, where he also served as CEO. Think Detroit PAL is currently the largest provider of award-winning after-school sports programs in Detroit, serving more than 10,000 participants annually.

Varner serves on numerous boards of directors, and is also a current member of the State Board of Education, to which he was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2010. Varner is an attorney by training, earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Detroit, Mich., and is the proud father of three children.