Daniel joined the National Diversity Council in June of 2016 as the Director for the Ohio
Diversity Council. Under his leadership, the Council has grown significantly, adding partners and
board members in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati. The Ohio Diversity Council
is a 501(c)3 that works to create opportunities for employee
engagement, professional development, education and advocacy around all facets of diversity,
inclusion and equity. The Council works with a range of corporate, educative, healthcare, and
nonprofit entities across the state. Currently, the partner network of the Ohio Diversity Council
represents 1.2 million employees worldwide. Daniel also recently began overseeing the Indiana Diversity Council.
Daniel graduated with a Master’s of Education from The Ohio State University, and is a life-long
Ohio resident. As an educator, he was selected to assist in creating and implementing a pilot
program designed to bridge the academic gap for at-risk students between high school and
college in the South-Western City School District, and worked with a city-wide group of
educators and researchers to further explore that student transition. As a part of the Olentangy
Local Schools system, Daniel helped to create a new blended learning module for senior
students, and was an active member of the district’s curriculum blueprinting team.
Across his adult years, he has participated and led many international trips, some as short as a
week, and others ranging from months to almost two years. While on a team to start a bilingual
elementary school for at-risk youth in Thailand, Daniel managed a diverse team of educators, of
all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, providing linguistic and cultural leadership. He wrote
curriculum, translated, taught full-time, volunteered with local non-profits, and fostered a young
Thai child with his wife.
In Columbus, Ohio, Daniel and his family have volunteered with World Relief and CRIS as
cultural liaisons and mentors to incoming refugee families, providing friendship and support in
times of transition. They seek to walk with refugee families through the cultural barrage of
resettlement, all while learning about their home culture, language, and traditions.
Daniel has been married to his wife, Noelle, for eleven years, and they have two biological
children together. A year ago, they returned from the Democratic Republic of the Congo with
their newly adopted son, a family-building dream over two years in the making.