Daniel grew up in Los Angeles in a large mixed-status Mexican family. He got their start as a youth organizing against anti-immigrant Prop 187 and successfully defeating a proposed power plant in their neighborhood in Southeast Los Angeles. Daniel comes to RAN with over 15 years of experience organizing and campaigning in the social justice movement. They won corporate campaigns and successfully negotiated contracts at SEIU, AFSCME, and CWA in the US and with independent unions in Mexico. Daniel co-founded the Prison Divestment Campaign which successfully pressured union pensions, universities, and cities to divest over $6 billion from the prison industry. Daniel also co-founded Stop LAPD Spying, the New York Worker Center Federation, and Freedom Cities. Their political writings were featured in Charles Gaines “Manifestos 2”, as well as part of Liam Alexander’s “I Thou” exhibit. Daniel was a Fellow at the Cornell University Worker Institute. In their extra time, they participate as a member of Indigenous dancing and ceremony circles with Cetiliztli Nauhcampa.
Forest Campaign Director // Rainforest Action Network