Daniel Mackesey

Chief of Staff

Dan joined National as Chief of Staff in 2020 after serving as its outside legal counsel since its inception. Before joining National, Dan was a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson for nearly 20 years, where he served in a variety of roles including managing partner of the Northern Virginia office and member of the firm’s management committee. Earlier in his career, Dan was a founding partner of the Jefferson Law Firm, where he incorporated National, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a large real estate development company in the Washington, DC area. While in private practice he was a Chambers-recognized lawyer. He is particularly passionate about strategic facilitation of National’s continued domestic and international growth and the development of National leaders of the future.

Dan is an honors graduate from Cornell University, where he was captain of the soccer and NCAA championship lacrosse teams and was named one of the NCAA’s Top Five student-athletes. He later captained the USA lacrosse team and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he met his wife, Jenny, with whom he has two grown sons.