Dan Pilcher is responsible for all CACI operations except governmental relations, which is headed by Chuck Berry, CACI President and the former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.
In October 2001, Pilcher also became Executive Director of the CACI Educational Foundation, which is CACI’s non-profit research and educational affiliate. In November 2003, he was named to be the Secretary of the CACI Board of Directors. Pilcher joined CACI as Research Director in February 1998.
Pilcher is the author of The Colorado Business Personal Property Tax: Barrier to Investment and Economic Development?, which was published by CACI in August 1999. He directed for the CACI Educational Foundation the research project, The Colorado Millennium Blueprint, a five-year strategic plan for the Colorado economy from the perspective of the business community that was published in January 2001. He also has managed three nationally funded workforce development projects for the CACI Educational Foundation.
As a consultant, Pilcher completed in September 1997 a project with two colleagues for which they conducted an assessment of the Washington State Community, Trade, and Economic Development Department and recommended a new strategy for the agency to help the businesses, workers, and communities of the State of Washington meet the competitive challenges of the 21st Century.
From May 1996 until May 1997, Pilcher served as Senior Fellow for Economic Development and Director, Institute for High-Performance Communities, at the Denver-based Center for the New West. His work with the Center included the design and marketing of the High-Performance Communities Institute and its various elements.
From May 1978 until April 1996, Pilcher worked at the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures, where he specialized in state and local community, economic and workforce development. During this period, he managed grant-fund projects; researched and analyzed development policy; wrote numerous magazine articles, reports, and books; staffed a committee of legislators and legislative staff; testified before legislative committees; organized national economic development conferences; guided three study trips to Western Europe; led two technical assistance missions to three countries of the former Soviet Union; and served as a general source of information and advice to legislatures and others on economic development and competitiveness issues.
Pilcher holds an MA in Economics and a MA in International Relations from the University of Denver and BS in Physical Science from Kansas State University. In 1972-74, he worked as a reporter/photographer for The Colorado Springs SUN. From 1969 to 1971, he served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and worked on rural community and agricultural development projects.