Dan Albert has lived in Monterey all his life. A self described "first generation Spaniard," Dan Albert is the proud son of Spanish immigrants. Dan was educated in the Monterey Public School system and is a graduate of Monterey High School. He attended the Monterey Peninsula College and graduated from San Jose State University. Dan's record as Monterey High School football coach is unparalled with a winning record percentage of 80% for the 23 years he held that position. No wonder Monterey High School named the football stadium after him! Nine of his players played in the National Football League, and three of them played in Super Bowls. Dan was also a successful baseball coach for 16 years, taught in the Social Studies Department at the Monterey High School for 38 years and was Student Activities Director.
Dan served on the Monterey City Parks and Recreation Commission and was Foreman of the Monterey County Grand Jury. He also served for five years as a councilmember on the Monterey City Council and as Mayor for 20 years, the longest serving elected mayor in the history of Monterey. During this period of public service, Dan served on many regional and city committees. It was also during his time as Mayor of Monterey that Dan came to appreciate the importance of the Monterey Insitute of International Studies for the local community and beyond. Dan became actively involved with the Institute and served on the Board of International Advisors.
Dan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Joanne, for fifty-eight years. They have four grown children who have also made careers for themselves in education. Dan and Joanne have ten grandchildren, spanning ages 8 to 28.