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Mr. Katz began working with the State PIRG’s in 2001 as a Campus Organizer with WISPIRG at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he helped pass a state bill, which established the toughest clean water standards for agricultural run-off pollution in the country. In 2004, he was an assistant organizing director for the New Voters Project in Wisconsin that registered over 100,000 18-30 year olds to vote. Danny was the Organizing Director for CALPIRG from 2004-2008 where he oversaw 13 staff, implemented an organizing model that recruited 500 student leaders annually and was one of the Field Directors in 2008 for the successful Prop 1A ballot initiative in California, which created the funds to build the nation’s first High-Speed Rail network.
Danny took over as the Director of CoPIRG in 2008. Danny has overseen CoPIRG’s campaigns to create the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, reign in the inappropriate use of employee credit information by employers and free up $250 million for alternative transportation across the state. He was one of the two proponents for Amendment 65, which was approved by 74% of Colorado voters in 2012, directing Colorado’s elected officials to pass a constitutional amendment to allow for campaign spending limits. Danny has released a number of ground-breaking reports on transportation and authored an analysis of the recent U.S. 36 private road deal.
Danny has served on a number of committees and boards including the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Transit and Rail Advisory Committee and the Project Leadership Team for the recently completed study on high-speed rail along I-70.
Mr. Katz graduated from the University of Virginia in 2001 with his Bachelors and is a native from Boulder Colorado. Mr. Katz is often quoted in the press and has been a guest on numerous shows from the David Sirota Show to the Devil’s Advocate with Jon Caldera.
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