Founder, Cape Air
Dan Wolf founded Cape Air in 1989 with one route between Boston and Provincetown, eight employees and a first-year total of just 8,000 passengers. Today, Cape Air, along with sister airline Nantucket Airlines, is the largest commuter airline in the United States. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines is partly an employee-owned company with a workforce of approximately 750 and serves more than half a million passengers a year.
Dan studied political philosophy at Wesleyan University, and then airframe and powerplant maintenance at the Quaker School of Aeronautics. He has worked as a community and union organizer in the Boston area, and he managed the Chatham Municipal Airport, where he also worked as a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic.
As a business and community leader, Dan has served on the boards of many of the region’s most important non-profit and civic organizations, including the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Federal Reserve Bank’s board of advisers. Dan is currently a board member of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and the Center for Coastal Studies.
Dan represented Cape Cod and the Island in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2011 to 2016, and served as Senate Chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.