Program Evaluation Manager dmpiston@syr.edu

Dan Piston is a Program Evaluation Manager with the Measurement and Evaluation team at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, supporting the Onward to Opportunity program and AmericaServes community services program. His main responsibility is to offer insights and recommendations to the various program teams and provide external stakeholders with program outcomes.

Prior to joining the Measurement and Evaluation team, Dan served as Program Coordinator for the Boots to Business and Onward to Opportunity programs. During his time as the O2O Program Coordinator, Dan assisted in the program expansion from 12  to 18 installations and was responsible for employee onboarding, training, and administrative support.

Dan is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, having left active duty in 2013.  He served as a helicopter crew chief deploying three times to Bahrain and once to Haiti. For his service, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors. Most recently, he completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Social Science program.