Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
As senior fellow, Daniel F. Wilhelm advises Vera’s president on programmatic and strategic matters.
From 2007 to 2015, Dan served as Vera’s vice president and chief program officer, overseeing Vera’s work on sentencing and corrections, immigration, juvenile justice, race and prosecution, family engagement, victimization and cost-benefit analysis. He was responsible for sustaining Vera's portfolio of work, developing new programs and supervising the Institute’s Washington, D.C., Office. From 2007 to 2014, Dan oversaw the growth of Vera’s communications and development capacities. Formerly, as director of technical assistance, Dan guided how Vera worked with local, state, and national government officials and oversaw the Institute's federal relations. From 2002 to 2006, Dan directed Vera's State Sentencing and Corrections Program; he joined the Institute in 2001 as that program’s associate director.
Previously Dan practiced law as a litigator at Sidley & Austin and served as law clerk to United States District Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn, New York. Dan has testified before government commissions and legislative committees in some 20 states on criminal justice matters. He contributed to the Vera publication Youth, Safety, and Violence: Schools, Communities, and Mental Health, and is co-author of Vera’s Is the Budget Crisis Changing the Way We Look at Sentencing and Incarceration? He has written on justice and legal issues for the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Corrections Today, the American Journal of International Law and the American Bar Association. Dan is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Harvard Divinity School, and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.