Dan Rocha

Vice President of Operations

Dan serves as Vice President of Operations, managing partnerships and overseeing the Foundation’s work in Philadelphia, Baltimore and additional regions. In a role combining strategy development and team building, he is applying both strategic thinking and business development expertise to creating and delivering an even more robust methodology for Catholic school sustainability.  

In his extensive career, Dan served as a teacher, coach, senior administrator and fundraiser in independent schools and higher education. After teaching and coaching in the Philadelphia area for nine years, he began his administrative career as Middle School Head at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA. In the same role at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey, Dan led the Middle School to designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education with special recognition for the program in Ethics and Character.

Dan continued his career as the Head of School at York Country Day School in York, PA, where he increased enrollment and more than doubled annual giving support in his first year. Later, he served as Academic Dean at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, where he was named Rhode Island State Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2007. As Senior Director of Athletic Development at George Washington University, Dan led the $21 million effort to renovate the intercollegiate athletic center and spearheaded efforts to build annual giving programs for each of the 22 intercollegiate sports. He also served as Executive Director of Development for Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his fundraising team raised $15 million in one year for intercollegiate athletics.

Most recently, Dan was CEO of Cardenio Consulting. Cardenio worked to bring independent school and higher education models of development, enrollment management and governance to Catholic, charter and public schools.

Dan has served on the boards of St. Peter’s School in Philadelphia and St. Phillip’s Academy in Newark, NJ. He was a member of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Call to Action for diversity initiatives and a presenter at NAIS conferences. He also has been published in Education Week.

Dan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

“ I believe the future of Catholic Schools in this country and the future of the Catholic Church are inextricably linked. Our work to build vibrant, sustainable Catholic School communities lays the foundation for the future of a vibrant, sustainable Church. ”

Dan Rocha Vice President of Operations