Daniel was born into a working class family and was raised in a suburb just outside of Chicago on the city’s South Side. He attended Illinois State University where he received his Degree in Political Science and was elected to lead the Model Illinois Government organization, an organization of nearly 20 colleges and 300 students. Later, he would go on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Organizational Development from National University.
Daniel moved to San Diego in 2011 where his passions for community involvement and change were reignited. In 2012 he began working to help re-elect President Obama and help elect Scott Peters to 52nd Congressional District. In 2013 he worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for David Alvarez during his bid for Mayor of San Diego. Later that year he accepted a Fellowship with The San Diego LGBT Community Center and their Young Professional Counsel, which is designed to educate and engage future community leaders in the LGBTQ community and the allies that support them.