F. Daniel Ahern, Jr., President of Clarus Group, has a long record of mission-driven, results-oriented leadership in government and national professional organizations. For more than 30 years, his career has been devoted to strengthening performance, integrity, and accountability in the public and nonprofit sectors. His expertise spans a broad array of issues, including public and nonprofit management and governance, public procurement and privatization, and corruption prevention. Dan has directed interdisciplinary teams of analysts, lawyers, engineers, and investigators in numerous policy analyses, management reviews, performance audits, and investigations. He has also led the development and implementation of professional training and certification programs. He has been a speaker at national and regional professional association meetings; has served on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, Public Integrity Annual, and Chinese Public Administration Review; and has been an article reviewer for Public Budgeting and Finance. In recent years, Dan has presented a paper (later published as an article in Chinese Public Administration) in Guangzhou, China on anticorruption strategies and addressed the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe.
Prior to co-founding Clarus Group, Dan served as the First Assistant Inspector General for Management in the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, an independent state agency mandated to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in government. He has also been a performance auditor for the Virginia General Assembly, an independent consultant to state agencies in Massachusetts and Virginia, and an adjunct professor at Clark University and at Northeastern University, where he has taught courses on nonprofit organization and management, personnel administration, and public administration.
Dan is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, a Past President of the American Society for Public Administration, and a founder and Board member of the Association of Inspectors General. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Inspector General, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University.