Dan Donahue was born and raised in Quinsigamond Village. Dan’s family has deep roots in Worcester. His father, Jack Donahue, a union carpenter and son of a Steelworker at Wyman Gordon’s, and mother, Susan (Mahoney) Donahue, a Worcester Public School Teacher and daughter of a laborer at the Worcester Water Dept, both grew up around the block from each other in the Village.
Dan attended Elementary and Junior High School at St. Mary’s on Richland Street and played little league at Lou Gehrig on Vernon Hill. After graduating from St. John’s High School in 2005, Dan received a full tuition academic scholarship to attend the College of the Holy Cross, becoming the first in his family to attend college. After graduating Cum Laude from Holy Cross in 2009, Dan moved back to the Village and began work as a Community Outreach Worker for the Juvenile Public Defenders office in Worcester, where he organized trainings and outreach for at-risk youth in the city and county. Following work as a campaign field staffer for the 2010 Governor’s election, Dan worked as the Political Director for Lt. Gov. Tim Murray overseeing the Lt. Gov.’s campaign committee. In 2012 Dan was appointed Director of Policy and Assistant Chief of Staff to the newly elected Mayor of Worcester, Joe Petty. Dan currently lives on Malmo Street in the neighborhood where he grew up with his younger brother John, an instructional aid in the Worcester Public Schools.