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Daniel Ronan

Principal of Resilient Heritage

Director of Prairie State Museums Project


Daniel Ronan is an arts, culture, and heritage professional based in Chicago. He brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, with experience working in museums, tourism, international relations, and community development corporations. Mr. Ronan started the Resilient Heritage blog and firm in 2014 to showcase how arts, culture, and heritage organizations communicate their benefits to society. He left his work for non-profits in March 2019 to campaign for now-Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, as the Manager of Operations, where he managed the politician’s 13 campaign offices. After campaigning, he decided to expand his practice full-time as principal in May, deepening its focus and increasing its partnerships with philanthropic and governmental sectors. His chief aim is to connect people through sustained personal relationships, elevating the work of mission-based organizations.

Daniel serves on several nonprofit boards, including the International Council of Museums U.S., an international museum association; the governor-appointed Illinois Arts Council, Docomomo Chicago, an advocacy organization for modern architecture and design; and on the auxiliary board of the National Museum of Mexican Art, a neighborhood art institution. In his spare time, he likes to travel on Amtrak, visit museums, and ride his bike.

To learn more about his work, please visit his firm’s website, Resilient Heritage.