Adjunct Professor, Loyola University of Chicago

Daniel P. Nielsen teaches the ESG Investing course for the Baumhart Scholars MBA and the Capstone class for the ESG Certificate program. He has spent the past two decades in the sustainable and responsible investing space, most recently with a consulting firm working with various companies on their ESG and sustainability strategies and disclosures. Prior to that, Dan was the head of ESG indexes at Morningstar, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the ESG Indexes product strategy and go to market strategies. 

Before Morningstar, Dan served as a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Specialist at Great Lakes Advisors where he was an integral part of the firm’s investment teams and was involved in new product development. Dan also oversaw the firm’s ESG integration and responsible investing initiatives, working to identify and incorporate material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies and to create socially responsible investment portfolios that align with clients’ values and performance goals.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Dan was the Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Christian Brothers Investment Services where he developed and implemented investment screens, directed corporate engagement activities, and managed proxy voting. He has focused on sustainable and responsible investing since 2005. Dan previously worked at Wespath (part of the United Methodist Church) where he led shareholder advocacy work for its $16 billion pension fund.

Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Chinese language and literature from the University of Maryland. He was part of the first cohort to earn the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential offered by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Dan serves on the Advisory Board of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative, on the Leadership Council of Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Center, and as a Baumhart Scholar Mentor. He has served on the board of directors of US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, the steering committee of the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), and as chair of the board of directors for the Center for Economic Progress. Dan lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.