Michael J. Dahl

Michael J. Dahl

  • Senior Vice President
  • The Philadelphia Program, Technology and Planning,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Michael J. Dahl joined Pew in 2001, bringing a wealth of diverse experience in strategic planning, public policy, health care and finance. His current portfolio includes program planning and evaluation, research, information technology and institutional planning. Between 2001 and 2007, he served as managing director, Planning and Evaluation. In this role, he led the team responsible for institutional and programmatic planning, research, government affairs and evaluation. In the summer of 2007, Mr. Dahl took on the role of managing director and general counsel, where his responsibilities included managing Pew’s legal affairs, its executive office, as well as its ongoing programmatic assessments.

Prior to Pew, Mr. Dahl was involved in two business start-ups. He co-founded SAI, a strategic advisory firm eventually purchased by Perot Systems, which served a number of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care providers and insurers. Mr. Dahl also served as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Channelpoint, an Internet-based software company serving the insurance and financial services sectors.  In this position, he led a division to evaluate and negotiate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, and served as the senior executive responsible for strategic planning, corporate positioning, market analysis and projections.

Before his time in the private sector, Mr. Dahl served as chief economic adviser and senior tax counsel to Senator Bill Bradley, later becoming a policy advisor during Bradley’s presidential campaign.Mr. Dahl holds a B.A., with distinction, in international relations from Stanford University.  He also received an M.B.A. and J.D. from Stanford, where he earned Arjay Miller Scholar and Order of the Coif honors.