Daniel Feitelberg

Principal, Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Advisory Sector Leader, KPMG


Daniel Feitelberg served as Vice Chancellor of the Division of Planning and Budget for the University of California, Merced and is also a former public finance investment banker. After serving the University of California for five years, he joined KPMG’s advisory team to help higher education and not-for-profit mission-driven institutions plan, develop and manage strategic investments.

As the KPMG sector leader for the higher education and not-for-profit advisory practice, Dan helps lead a team of professionals in the areas of strategy, transaction services, management consulting and risk consulting. His core function sits within the strategy and deal advisory practice, where he helps leaders at universities and academic medical centers consider how their institutions can adapt to the rapidly changing environment for higher education institutions. From planning through execution, our teams then work with university leaders to plan, develop and manage strategic investments within the context of a sound financial and risk profile.

He joined KPMG from the University of California, where he served as the first vice chancellor of the UC Merced Division of Planning and Budget. UC Merced is the newest and fastest growing research university in the State of California, founded in 2005. As the campus chief financial officer, Dan served on the Chancellor’s executive and campus cabinets and the UC system Council of Vice Chancellors. In this role, Dan led the consolidation of administrative staff from several departments to facilitate the integration of planning and budgeting functions and was responsible for the planning and execution of the second phase development of the campus, called the UC Merced 2020 Project.

The UC Merced 2020 Project represents a commitment by the State of California and the University of California to increase access to the UC system for eligible state students and to support the rapidly growing San Joaquin Valley. The $1.3 billion investment extends the first phase of campus onto a greenfield site and provides 1.2 million square feet of sustainable infrastructure, academic, housing and student life facilities. The university reached commercial and financial close on a performance-based, availability payment contract in August 2016. The first facilities opened in 2018. A second phase delivery will open in 2019 and final completion of the project is scheduled for 2020. The project was honored as the 2016 Americas Deal of the Year by Project Finance International and as the 2016 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year by IJGlobal.

Dan has served as a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University, Stanford University and the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education. He has volunteered as a peer review panelist for the WASC Senior College and University Commission for university reaccreditation processes; and currently serves as a member of the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees.

With thirteen years of investment banking experience at J.P. Morgan, Dan has also helped raise debt capital for state and local governments and higher education institutions in the taxable and tax-exempt capital markets. Dan’s experience includes projects for transportation, energy, water, education and healthcare enterprises, as well as capital projects and operational funding for state and local governments through the financial crisis.

He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Davis, with degrees from the College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He resides in Burlingame, California with his wife, Brittany, and daughters, Aria and Avery.