Thomas L. Daniels

Tom Daniels joined Evergreen Conservation Finance in 2006 as an Advisory Director, with a focus on rural land planning and farmland preservation. Mr. Daniels is also a Full Professor and Associate Department Chair in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses on Land Use Planning, Environmental Planning, Metropolitan Regional Planning, and Land Preservation.

From 1989 to 1998, Tom Daniels was the Director of the Agricultural Preserve Board of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He administered a nationally-recognized farmland preservation easement acquisition program with an annual budget of over $4 million, preserved over 16,000 acres in 188 easement projects, and assisted the Planning Commission staff with growth management and agricultural zoning issues. The program received the 1993 Outstanding Program Award from the Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association and the 1996 National Achievement Award from the American Farmland Trust.

Prior to teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Daniels was a Full Professor with Tenure in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany-State University of New York and Director of the Planning Masters' Program. He also completed a Fulbright Senior Fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Australia in 2002. Tom Daniels has also held teaching positions in planning at Kansas State University and Iowa State University.

Mr. Daniels has authored numerous books, chapters, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, and professional reports on the subjects of farmland and open space preservation and planning. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association and the Land Stewardship Committee for the Lancaster County Conservancy. He is also senior contributing editor to Farmland Preservation Report, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Orton Family Foundation.

Tom Daniels holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University, a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Thomas L. Daniels
Advisory Director
(215) 573-8965