Dan Doctoroff is a force in the corporate and government world. After growing up near Detroit and studying at both Harvard and the University of Chicago, he set his sights on the ‘Big Apple’, New York City. He started his career working in finance on Wall Street but later worked alongside NYC’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg as deputy mayor for economics. Doctoroff helped lead New York City’s economic recovery from 9/11 and shaped the city’s zoning and real estate landscape. Dan also spearheaded NYC’s bids to host the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as a managing partner of investment firm Oak Hill Partners. During his tenure as the CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., Dan successfully navigated the organization through the 2008 financial crisis. Most recently, Dan co-founded Sidewalk Labs with Google where he served as CEO.
In 2021, Dan stepped away from Sidewalk Labs after he was diagnosed with ALS. This life-altering event shifted his perspective of life and honed his focus on the present. Dan notes that he became more patient and less competitive, and he began cherishing every day with those around him.
ALS has been ever present in Dan’s life even before his own diagnosis. ALS claimed the lives of his father, uncle, and college roommate. In 2013, he founded Target ALS, to fund research into this terrible degenerative and fatal disease. The Target ALS Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to accelerate ALS research into successful clinical trials. The foundation has built an innovative ecosystem for biomedical research that has catalyzed ALS drug discovery through collaborations with organizations such as n-Lorem. Dan and his foundation, Target ALS, envision a world where everyone with ALS lives.