Hi, I'm Daniel
WHERE I COME FROM
Daniel is a lawyer, nonprofit leader, and former educator.
He was born in Miami and raised outside Detroit. As the first member of his family to go to college, Daniel attended Lansing Community College for two years then transferred to Michigan State University, graduating in 2007 with Dean's List honors.
In 2016, he earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was a Spain Family Fellowship recipient. During this time, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Roger T. Benitez in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Outside of nonprofit advocacy, Daniel is an experienced educator. During law school, he taught middle school literature full-time at a private school in San Marcos. Previously, he taught in Michigan's public schools for several years after college.
Daniel currently serves as of a nonprofit legal organization that defends religious freedom and equal rights for all Americans. He also spearheads the organization's Project for Constitutional Rights in Education, which advances student equality in K-12 public education.
Daniel is a proud resident of Kearny Mesa with his wife, their two children, and a zany Boston Terrier.
A COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVOCATE
Daniel believes that attending community college is a smart decision. He also strongly supports community college's technical training opportunities and the ability for students to take affordable classes and then transfer to a four-year university. That is why Daniel's Number One Priority will be fighting to ensure San Diego's community colleges remain affordable for students of all backgrounds and aspirations.
Daniel has fond memories from his community college days. For one, he remembers making friends with classmates from incredibly diverse backgrounds. He remembers the satisfaction of taking core classes at a fraction of the cost of those at the four-year universities. And most of all, he remembers his professors, many of whom were passionate, caring, and dedicated. Daniel will work to sure SDCCD hires caring teachers who put students first and will leave a lasting impact on students.
Daniel believes his previous experience as both a community college student and an educator have given him a unique understanding of what students need from SDCCD leaders to help them meet their goals and achieve their dreams. And he promises to do one thing every day: put Students First.