In this capacity, he oversees a student center and series of high-impact programs tailored to meet the unique needs of mostly first-generation, underrepresented undocumented students. The services provided through this program reach an estimated 400 undocumented undergraduate and graduate students and are some of the first in the nation, among a handful of universities, to focus on supporting the retention and success of undocumented students in higher education.
Prior to UCSD, Daniel served as manager for the Immigrant Integration program at Alliance San Diego, a non-profit community empowerment organization that focuses its efforts in civic engagement, human rights, educational equity, and tax and fiscal policy. While serving as manager, Daniel represented San Diego as site lead for the New Americans Campaign and Ready CA, two national and statewide coalitions, respectively, of organizations developing innovative and effective practices for providing legal services at high capacity, with high-efficiency resources. In his time at Alliance San Diego, he helped bring mobile free immigration legal services to churches, schools, universities, libraries, and community centers. Through these services, hundreds of local San Diego residents were able to naturalize or apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Daniel was born in Queretaro, Mexico and came to the U.S. at the age of 11 with his family. Once in the U.S., his family settled in Escondido, California, where Daniel lived most of his young-adult years until relocating to the City of San Diego in 2013. In college, he was an active community organizer who challenged unjust practices deployed by the Escondido Police Department to target undocumented immigrant motorists. In his free time Daniel enjoys exploring our diverse San Diego communities and spending time in nature through hiking local trails.