Born in Saxapahaw, N.C., Daniel graduated from Duke University in May 2007 with a degree in political science. At Duke, he was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and organized more than 25 events intended to educate Duke students and the Durham community about civil rights. In addition to serving on the Duke Undergraduate Judicial Board and as a North Carolina District Court mediator, Daniel was appointed to represent Duke students to the local community as the Duke-Durham Community Liaison.
At MDC, Daniel focused his efforts on the EITC Carolinas program and a project with the South Carolina Council for Competitiveness. From these experiences, Daniel says that he really saw “the face of poverty in North Carolina,” which has continued to propel his career. Following his fellowship, he attended the New York University School of Law, where he received the prestigious Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship for students studying public interest law.
Since his graduation from NYU, Daniel has worked as a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center, which is engaged in advocacy and community-building on behalf of low-income residents. Through a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship at the Center, Daniel designed a project that works with individuals with criminal records. In his first year of the fellowship, he participated in a successful campaign to make expungements available for adults in North Carolina, helped to establish local reentry councils to support men and women leaving prison, and coordinated educational events with Legal Aid.