Daniel McDonald, MPA, a 26-year veteran of law enforcement and corrections, has revolutionized the police response to homelessness and panhandling. In 2012, he developed a police homeless outreach team that combines the most effective elements of problem-oriented policing, intelligence-led policing and community-oriented policing.
Mr. McDonald has assisted hundreds of clients enter into temporary, transitional or permanent housing, and has participated in community collaborations that have slashed street homelessness by 48% in a three-year period. His unorthodox problem-solving methods have yielded a $500,000 inheritance for one client, recovery of over $42,000 in a lost bank account for another, and a fairytale $20,000 wedding for a formerly homeless couple that could not afford $93 for a marriage license.
His innovative homelessness solutions have received global acclaim. His work has been covered by The Today Show, BBC Radio 5, Inside Edition, People Magazine and media outlets worldwide.
Mr. McDonald has received several awards including Tampa Police Department Officer of the Month, the Housing & Education Alliance Community Hero, commendations from the Hillsborough County (Florida) Commission and Tampa (Florida) City Council. In May 2018, he was awarded a Public Service Exemplar by the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) and was recently awarded the Richard Brown Community Service Award by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Anti-Drug Alliance.
A native of Stockport, England, Mr. McDonald was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Geography from Boston University. He has also earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of South Florida where he was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society which recognizes the highest academic achievement of each graduating class.
Mr. McDonald is an in-demand speaker on homelessness. He delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Housing and Ideas Exchange in Manchester, England, and was a featured speaker at the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference (IACP hosts the world’s largest law enforcement conference, drawing over 18,000 delegates from 83 countries). Mr. McDonald recently joined the speakers’ bureau of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), the world’s leading voice of criminal justice reform.