Daniel Mach is the Director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. In this capacity he oversees an array of religious liberty litigation, advocacy and public education efforts nationwide.
At State College of Florida and Florida State University, he played trombone for their jazz ensemble, philharmonic orchestra, big band, as well as performing at numerous music venues around New England.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Mach is the Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. In this capacity he oversees various religious freedom litigation efforts nationwide as well as advocacy work, public education campaigns, writing pieces about religious liberty issues and speaking on related matters.
Study of shock waves led him to develop high-speed photographic techniques known as the “schlieren method”, as well as contributions in psychology and physiology including his anticipated Gestalt Theory as well as experiments examining contrast perception in humans that led to discovering Mach bands – physiological optical illusions.
Dan is fond of listening to jazz musicians such as Curtis Fuller, Julien Priester, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Ahmad Jamal as well as hip-hop/rap artists like MF Doom and Tyler the Creator.
Daniel Mach has over two decades of experience in the music industry. He has performed with various bands, jazz groups, orchestras and short film soundtracks; one winning an IndieEye award! Additionally he offers jazz trombone and low brass lessons privately.
He has an array of experiences, having served as law clerk to both F. Dennis Saylor IV and Susan P. Graber. Additionally, he has handled cases from initial filing through trial and appeal as well as leading teams of attorneys on complex matters.
He is an expert on religious freedom, writing frequently for and advocating on behalf of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. Additionally, he serves as partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner where he is well known for providing candid advice, rigorous analysis, and exceptional courtroom judgment.
Achievement and Honors
As Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Mach oversees a range of litigation, advocacy, public education efforts regarding religious liberty nationwide. He often writes, teaches and speaks publicly on matters pertaining to religious freedom; additionally he co-created and hosted “Freethought Matters”, as well as receiving the FFRF Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism Award of $35,000.
Mach’s film credits include Robert De Niro’s critically acclaimed “The Good Shepherd,” as well as supporting roles in Giovanni Ribisi and Luke Wilson’s comedy drama, “Middle Men”, the arctic thriller, “Whiteout”, and Joel Schumacher’s movie, “Behind Enemy Lines”. Onstage he has appeared in various productions such as Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at Promenade Theater Off Broadway, Williamstown Theatre Festival and national tour.
Daniel Mach is currently Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, overseeing religious liberty litigation, advocacy, public education efforts nationwide as well as writing, teaching and speaking publicly on these matters. Prior to this role he was partner at Jenner & Block law firm in DC.
He enjoys both jazz and classical music, performing in bands, orchestras and trombone ensembles. Curtis Fuller, Julien Priester, Miles Davis and Art Blakey are among his musical inspirations; in addition to this group there’s the rap group 10issues as well as artists like Tyler the Creator that he listens to regularly.
He has also participated in community service projects and spoken at local events, while serving on the board of directors of both the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Sarasota-Manatee Area.
Daniel Mac is estimated to have amassed an estimated net worth of approximately $1 Million through his viral TikTok videos. Known for approaching strangers in expensive and exotic cars and asking them about what they do for work, Daniel Mac has amassed this fortune through TikTok videos alone.
He has made considerable money through YouTube ad revenue and brand sponsorships, as well as through an online merch store which adds to his earnings.
His extensive social media presence, in which he interacts regularly with fans and followers, has allowed him to build his personal brand and grow an expansive following. Although not many details are revealed regarding his private life, it is known that he has a wife and children.