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Our November 2019 Luncheon Speaker will be Dan McGovern
Dan McGovern
President, Eugene O'Neill Foundation
In retirement, Dan McGovern’s avocation is theater. He is the president of the board of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, in Danville and co-chair of the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland. Dan is also a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dan regaled our group back in August, 2018 with some insights into his career in government, at both the federal and state levels. During President Reagan’s first term Dan was the second-ranking attorney in the U.S. State Department. While at the State Department Dan testified before Congress 13 times and headed U.S. delegations for bilateral treaty negotiations with a dozen countries. He also defended the United States before the World Court in The Hague.
In the second Reagan administration Dan was the general counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of 10,000 employees.
Dan served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the western United States. There he managed a staff of 800, ranging from lawyers to toxicologists.
Dan was also the general counsel of the California Department of Transportation. At CalTrans Dan managed a staff of 125 attorneys.
Dan began his career as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the California Department Justice. He also served on the staff of the California Supreme Court for 20 years.