Dan Lloyd is a dedicated social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and founder of Minority Millennials.
Dan features an extensive 10+ year background in the public and private investment spaces involving network building, and policy/program development focused on reducing disparities to meet the needs of underserved communities.
Since its inception in 2017, Minority Millennials has helped hundreds of young people from diverse backgrounds access jobs, build wealth, and become civically engaged. Furthermore, it has proactively addressed disempowering narratives around majority-minority communities while mobilizing young people of color with tools needed to become the next generation of change-makers in society.
Its workforce developments, civic education training, and economic development initiatives have steadily expanded due to the partnerships with many public and private organizations such as Citi, M&T Bank, Merrill Lynch, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff, Newsday Media Group, AHRC Nassau, Nassau IDA, Babylon IDA, the Suffolk County Water Authority, and many more.
In addition to his advocacy work with Minority Millennials, Dan is also the project director for the Babylon IDA’s Economic Inclusion Initiative. An innovative program with a goal to create opportunities of equity, mobility, and growth for Minority/Women and Veteran entrepreneurs within the Babylon Township by providing financial, training and technical assistance, MBWE/Veteran certifications and ongoing developments.
Most recently, Dan was selected to be the new program director for Accelerate Long Island, a unique collaboration among Long Island’s world-class research institutions and its business community to commercialize research and create an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Dan is responsible for organizing networking events across Long Island for entrepreneurs, working with startups and commercialization opportunities emanating from academia to connect them with resources and capital, and managing the Accelerate New York Seed Fund’s portfolio of 22 high-tech companies.
Dan has served(ing) on several boards of directors and boards of advisors in the non-profit sector, including the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, United Way of Long Island, Community Development Corp of Long Island, Discover Long Island, NAACP Central L.I. Branch, Urban League of L.I. and the Town of Babylon Trustee at Suffolk County Parks.
During this time, Dan spent numerous hours mentoring Wyandanch Elementary School 5th-graders with the New York State Mentoring Association and has spoken at various speaking engagements covering the intricacies of economic inclusion.
In 2022, Dan was recognized as one of City & State’s Top 40 under 40 non-profit leaders and in 2021 was honored as a Top 35 Non-profit Founders to impact the world by Cause Artist and was recognized by Long Island Business News as a Trailblazer of Diversity.
Overall, Dan has a genuine passion for translating economic development goals into tangible realities. From bridging disparity and socioeconomic gaps to delivering necessary building blocks for both minorities and young adults to evolve from, Dan demonstrates his resilience through his strategic, forward-thinking approaches that help solidify growth-driven futures.
Most importantly, Dan is a father of two beautiful children, Ariah Rose Ruth Lloyd (3) and Levi Azariah Lloyd (5 months) and married to his high school sweetheart Charlotte Lloyd.
A proud ’80s baby, born the same year the Mets won the World Series, Dan is a native Long Islander who comes from a bi-racial, working-class family that instilled within him a strong sense of faith, values and principles.
As a child, Dan navigated the many obstacles of adoption and race, all of which now provides a highly unique specific set of outliers (skills), empowering him to be empathetic to social, political and economic developments.
Dan holds a B.A. in finance from Rutgers University, an MBA in global management from Westwood College, and an M.A. in Public Policy from Stony Brook University.