10-second bio: Meet Dan Scannell, your new OP Staff Assembly chair
Name: Dan Scannell
Title: Public Records Act/Conflict of Interest Coordinator
Department/Unit: Office of the General Counsel
Location: 5th floor, Franklin
When I started working at UCOP: March 2012
What I do for UCOP in five words or less: Problem solver
Best part about working for OP: Everything! First, everyone is very friendly and kind. Second, the level of knowledge and professionalism within the organization is very impressive, and I enjoy working on complex legal and policy issues and advising campuses and UCOP. Finally, I’m the new chair of OP Staff Assembly, which is devoted to improving the workplace for staff. (So if you have any ideas on how OPSA can improve things at UCOP, please contact me at Dan.Scannell@ucop.edu!)
Something you don’t know about me: I like to keep busy: I play soccer, run, play guitar and piano, do home remodeling projects, etc. But my apparent claim to fame is the Tiki Bar in my backyard. It’s just a shack, but it won an online “Best Bar” contest last year, beating out a bunch of real bars (because my friends thought it would be amusing if it won and voted en masse).
One weird fact about the place I grew up in: Weird and not-so-weird facts about Oakland:
- Lake Merritt was the first official wildlife refuge in the United States (1870).
- Children’s Fairyland (which abuts the lake) was among the amusement parks used by Walt Disney to design Disneyland.
If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now) I would be: An unassuming philanthropist. It would be great to leave large anonymous donations for needy charities, or leave a $1,000 tip at a divey diner. A lobbyist for solar energy/green energy would be second place.