Dan Oates

Maida Fellow

As a Maida Fellow, Dan provides technical assistance to localities while also researching and writing about homelessness prevention. He appreciates policies that are sustainable, evidence-based, and administrable. His previous social work career shapes his current practice. That period provided him with a reality-based, bottom-up perspective, informed by service to individuals experiencing homelessness. As a student, Dan navigated these same issues from a top-down, policy perspective. He has a BSW from James Madison University, a MSW from the University of Washington, and a JD from Rutgers Law School. When not at his desk, Dan loves to just ride around (“JRA”) on his bicycle. Some jaunts are longer than others. His most recent solo trip brought him through Japan and across China, Laos, and Vietnam. The Maida Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship is made possible by the generosity of James and Dr. Sharon Maida and is administered by Rutgers Law School. https://law.rutgers.edu/maida-public-interest-fellowships-program

Contact Info

415-788-7961 x318


  • JD, Rutgers Law School of Newark, New Jersey

  • MSW, University of Washington of Seattle, WA

  • BSW, James Madison University of Harrisonburg, VA