Daniel is state director of the California Construction Academy at the UCLA Labor Center. Under his leadership, the California Construction Academy has taken on a leading role in research, facilitation and popular education of issues affecting the construction industry, particularly energy efficiency.
Prior to his work at the UCLA Labor Center, Daniel served as a council representative for the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. As council representative, Daniel played a key role managing all public sector engagements for the 437,000 members represented by the Council and their affiliates. He has been a strategic advocate for civil service apprenticeship, including the design and implementation of the Port Electrical Mechanical Apprenticeship program (PEMA) in Los Angeles. Daniel’s expertise in the construction industry has allowed him to build strong partnerships between multiple sectors—labor, policy, community, and business.
Since 2008, Daniel has served as managing director of Intelligent Partnerships, a consulting group specializing in business development and labor management relations in the public and private sector.
Daniel serves on the national Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship for Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. He sits on the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). He is also on the executive committees of the national board of directors of Association of Latino Professionals in Finance, Accounting and Related Businesses (ALFA) and CORO, an organization that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership in public affairs.
Daniel completed his apprenticeship as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 11 and worked for many years in the electrical industry. He holds a master of business administration (MBA) and bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA).
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