Daniel Gough

Principal Consultant
A smiling man with short, brown hair and a short beard

Get to know me in three:

A challenge that shaped me:Navigating the politics and bureaucracy of a same-sex binational marriage has greatly shaped my perspective. I married my husband in 2014, and we spent the following five years working through every stage of the U.S. immigration process—from Green Card application to citizenship. Each element of this—from the anticipation of key Supreme Court decisions to the bureaucratic aspects of detailing the history of our relationship—focused my attention on the intense personal dimension of public policy making and reinforced my commitment to foreground the voices and needs of marginalized communities in public debates.
My home away from home:I lived on the West Side of São Paulo, Brazil, for several years. I miss the strong espresso and pão na chapa (grilled bread) at 24-hour bakeries, the experimental art and music scenes, and weekends on the Minhocão elevated park.
A value that influence me:The importance of curiosity and knowledge is something I learned from a young age, and they have propelled many of my professional and personal interests, particularly those relating to cultural competence. My childhood was evenly split between the Northeastern megalopolis and the rural South, and as a young person I navigated between these contexts at home and school. As a young adult, I sought every opportunity to travel, learn languages, and meet people from different backgrounds, and much of my professional life has been focused on enabling others to develop tools to engage people in other communities respectfully and humanely.


Dan (he/him) is a trusted advisor to global leaders in the design and execution of DEIB strategy. Drawing upon a background in management consulting, intercultural communication, and social science research, Dan helps LCW’s clients drive change within highly matrixed organizations. He has worked with clients across industries—including CPG, health care, industrial goods, and professional services—to craft, socialize, and deploy solutions that create sustainable cultures of inclusion.


Prior to LCW, Dan worked at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), advising market-leading clients on change management, executive onboarding, and enterprise-wide transformation. He has also published original research on global cultures, while designing curricula and teaching in Latin American and International Studies programs at the University of Chicago and Tulane University.


Dan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an A.B. from the University of Georgia. He is bilingual in English and Portuguese. In his free time, Dan enjoys cooking with his husband, exploring architecture in his adopted hometown of Chicago, and playing chamber music.

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