Daniel is a Croatian and Cuban American hailing from Los Angeles. He attended undergrad at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, earning degrees in Political Science and English. In 1996, Daniel moved to the Bay Area for good attending grad school at USF and recurving his MFA Writing and Language Theory. Daniel's career path has followed duel passions: The restaurant industry and community
development. He has served as Executive Director for workforce development programs( including managing the Latino Culinary Academy) in the Mission District, and later serving as Director of Social
Enterprise at the Spanish Speaking Unity Council in the Fruitvale section of Oakland...all the while starting, owning and operating two original concept restaurants: First, La Taza de Cafe, then Cana Cuban Parlor and Cafe. Cana is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary later this year and is a locally and regionally recognized brand. Just this year Daniel was awarded by the City of Oakland for his work to spearhead the
revival of the Latino Chamber of Commerce and serves as it's Vice President.