Daniel Woodley attended school in St Paul, Minnesota and was in the vocational program for Hospitality Management in High School. Upon graduation he enrolled in the University of Minnesota program in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. While in college he was elected the Vice President of the student body and President of the Minnesota State College Student Union Association. He entered the workforce as an Assistant Food and Beverage Director in the Hotel industry.
Dan was transferred to Falls Church, VA in 1978 to open the now-named Westin Hotel Tyson’s where he initiated the first work lab for Fairfax County Schools Marshall High School students to observe the interworkings of an active hotel kitchen experience. He became a Director of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in 1980, and served on the first Gala committee for five years. He was also a founding member of the RAMW Education Foundation and founded the Commercial Kitchen Services Inc. based in Alexandria, VA in 1984.
Dan and his wife Leah are supporting members of a pre-school (nino) for 162 underprivileged children in Jaco, Costa Rica known for over 20 years as the School of Nutrition. He has continued his involvement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) by sitting on the Fairfax County Schools CTE Advisory Committee for the past six years and was recently appointed by the Virginia Board of Education as Chairman (2015-2017) of the Commonwealth’s CTE Advisory Committee.
Dan’s other notable projects include the construction from donations of the Martha’s Table original kitchen (1982) in Washington, DC; founding sponsor of Marriott Hospitality Charter School; and two-time winner of the RAMW Rammy Awards.
Dan has had a successful career in commercial real estate and development at A. J. Dwoskin Commercial Real Estate since 1990.