Deans Board of Advocates, member
A native Texan and Baylor grad, Daniel Roby serves as CEO for Austin Street Center. Austin Street Center is one of the largest emergency shelters for people who are homeless in North Texas and is the only area emergency shelter that focuses on the older homeless population.
In 2016, Daniel was appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to participate in the City of Dallas’ Commission on Homelessness. This Commission, tasked with analyzing the community’s current system for addressing homelessness and comparing it to best practices of similar communities, delivered a focused set of strategies and recommendations for the City and Dallas County to consider going forward. Daniel also served as member of the Board of Directors of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and chair of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) committee until he accepted a new role on the Executive Council of the Continuum of Care and was appointed as liaison to the Adult Shelter and Coordinated Assessment committees.
Under Daniel’s leadership, Austin Street has tripled the size of case management and staff and added several innovative programs and services to help individuals successfully end their homelessness. Daniel and his team at Austin Street Center have successfully executed a $15M capital campaign that supports the construction of a 60,000 square-foot 24/7 emergency shelter and day service center, which is slated to open in 2022.
Daniel received the Nonprofit CEO of the Year award in November 2017 from Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, and he was selected as a recipient for the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2018, which honors the top 40 North Texas men and women in business under the age of 40. Most recently in 2021, Daniel received the Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service awarded by the Baylor Alumni for broad contribution to Christian Ministry, as well as The Blake Anderson Public Service Award, which was presented by City of Dallas Councilmember Adam McGough.
Daniel, along with his wife and high school sweetheart Lesley, enjoy raising their four children in the Lake Highlands neighborhood in Dallas.