Dan DiLella – Philadelphia’s Top Real Estate Broker
Dan DiLella is one of Philadelphia’s best-known power brokers and serves as President and CEO of Equus Capital Partners, an award-winning real estate investment company with national capabilities. Additionally, he sits on several boards including Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, Barnes Foundation and Drexel University’s real estate advisory council.
Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that DiLella has been replaced as chairman of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission by former Treasurer Rosie Rios.
Early Life and Education
Frank DiLella hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Since graduating he has served as theater critic and contributing correspondent for such organizations as Tony Awards, Olivier Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Playbill Broadway Direct Manhattan Magazine MANHATTAN Magazine and American Theatre Wing as well as giving lectures about theater journalism at Hofstra University and American Theatre Wing.
DiLella has long been an avid supporter of The Philly POPS. Additionally, he serves on several boards, such as trustee of Cahill Trust and chairman of Roman Catholic High School’s Advisory Board and Drexel University Real Estate Advisory Council. Furthermore, in 2021 Rosie Rios took his place as head of America250 Commission without giving a public explanation as to why DiLella left.
Di Lella is well known in Philadelphia’s elitist social and networking circles. He serves on the boards of several influential local institutions such as Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, Barnes Foundation and Roman Catholic High School; furthermore he serves as trustee for Cahill Trust and chair for Drexel University Real Estate Advisory Council.
He is a member of the Committee of Seventy, has chaired Union League of Philadelphia and its Scholarship Foundation and sits on several boards including Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, NHS Human Services and The Philly Pops. However, in February he was removed as head of federal Semiquincentennial Commission due to a Wall Street Journal report alleging internal tension at America250 Foundation which houses this body.
Di Lella remains committed to Augustinian values of community involvement and giving back. He serves on numerous influential boards like Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Police Foundation as a board member; additionally he chairs Roman Catholic High School’s Advisory Board as Chairman as well as being on Drexel University Real Estate Advisory Council.
DiLella’s work at VSB was equally as dedicated; he funded the creation of a Center for Real Estate at the university and founded and served as President of Equus Capital Partners, a national real estate investment company. Furthermore, his expertise lies in real estate investment, acquisition, development and serving on Girard Bank’s Board of Directors.
Achievement and Honors
Dan Di Lella had an outstanding football career at Somerville High School. He earned all-conference and FCS offensive player of the year honors as well as two-time All-America honors, breaking several school records along the way.
David currently serves on the boards of several organizations, such as the Cahill Trust, Roman Catholic High School’s Advisory Board and Drexel University Real Estate Advisory Council, National Italian American Foundation, Committee of Seventy, NHS Human Services, Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Police Foundation; receiving both St Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal and Bartley Alumni Medallion awards from Villanova University respectively.
He serves as a contributing theater correspondent for MANHATTAN Magazine and Broadway Direct and has appeared as an entertainment reporter on shows such as Tamron Hall Show, Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and Sirius XM Radio. Additionally, he chairs America250: National Commission Celebrating US Semiquincentennial Commission.