Dan Metcalf

Dan Metcalf BA '01

Degree and Class Year

BA ’01


Takoma Park, Maryland

Current City

Takoma Park, Maryland


International Affairs


KLC Radio, Resident Advisor, ASB/Chief Justice of Peer Review Board

Overseas study

Zimbabwe (sociology/anthropology, gender focus), fall 1999

Job Title, Organization

Associate Broker, Finn Family Group of Perennial Real Estate


Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Côte d’Ivoire, 2002; Ghana, 2002–2005

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

International, Service-Oriented, Collaborative

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The overseas study opportunities, and Raphi Talisman’s transfer from Kenyon (Raphi had founded the wrestling program at my high school). I happened to bump into him on campus while visiting.

What have you been doing since graduation?

I served in the U.S. Peace Corps for 3.5 years in West Africa, and since then have spent the past 17 years learning from my mother and mentor in our family real estate business, which I now steward.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your career?

My international affairs major really helped me to understand both world events and the interplay of politics and economics, even on a micro level.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

That you really need to rely on others. “If you want to go fast, go alone—if you want to go far, go together.”

What’s your favorite part or most memorable experience of serving on the Board of Alumni?

Can’t name just one!

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I attend events and make sure to support any get-togethers or other L&C endeavors in my region here on the East Coast. I really enjoyed attending the events the last several years though, in particular the salmon bake in the summer!

How do you encourage other alumni to give back to the college?

I loved serving on the Board of Alumni for six years, and felt like we did great work there. I would encourage all alumni to consider applying if they have the time and/or interest—it was fun to connect with alumni from across the eras and to feel like we were doing a lot to keep L&C’s unique spirit strong.