During his time in graduate school at Columbia University, Daniel Hewes spent time as a community affairs fellow for New York State senator Daniel Squadron. In May 2015, he earned his graduate degree in urban planning. Upon graduation, Daniel Hewes joined the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA).
The CAA consists of more than 320,000 individuals who have a shared connection to the university. The group seeks to create meaningful change both at the university as well as globally. Members of the group have opportunities to network with others, attend events, and give back to the university.
One event hosted by the CAA took place on May 21, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and involved an interactive museum tour and reception. Held in partnership with the CAA Arts Access, the event included a Columbia-themed tour through a Museum Hack experience. Museum Hack offers non-traditional, interactive tours to groups. This experience took the group on a tour of the Met where they performed team-building exercises, improved critical-thinking skills, and fostered a creative environment. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a complimentary cocktail at the Rooftop Garden Bar.