BS in Economics

Daniel Lash, 1997

Daniel Lash

Daniel Lash, BS Economics ’97, is a partner at VLP Financial Advisors, a financial planning firm based in Vienna, Virginia. He has 25 years of experience in the financial planning industry, which has enabled him to forge long term client relationships built on a foundation of trust and understanding. Lash has been named to Northern Virginia magazine’s list of Top Financial Professionals for the past 10 years and to Washingtonian magazine’s list of Top Financial Advisors for the past nine years. He credits Mason with helping him “look at the financial world through the lens of incentives, choices, and markets to help uncover new solutions to the persistent problems in our society.”

Lash has remained active in the Mason community and is currently volunteering his time as president of the college’s alumni chapter, as an alumni association board member, and with the financial planning and wealth management advisory board. He enjoys helping with alumni initiatives because he feels a responsibility to give back to the institution that helped him reach his professional goals. His commitment benefits students as they consider their vocations. “My main purpose is to be able to help students to think outside of the box, share with them my career path, and eventually, if possible, be a mentor,” he says.

Lash resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, two children, two cats, and one dog. He is also a certified high school basketball referee. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, spending time with his family, and attending his kids’ sporting events.

Published in the college's magazine, Horizon, summer 2021.