Daniel Valdez (he/him) is Senior Director of External Affairs at Welcoming America. In his role he oversees the organization’s development, communications, marketing, and strategic partnerships. From 2015 – 2019 Daniel held roles in the programs team at Welcoming America, including Network Director. Prior to rejoining Welcoming America, Daniel served as the North Carolina and Mid-South Director for Hispanic Federation. With more than a decade of nonprofit management experience, he is passionate about helping advance the mission of organizations and communities working on systemic changes to bring greater prosperity and opportunity for everyone.
Daniel’s work has centered around advocacy and education efforts on issues like civic engagement, immigrant rights, racial justice, health disparities, and economic mobility. Daniel serves on a number of boards and committees, including the New North Carolina Project Foundation, Communities In Schools – Charlotte Mecklenburg, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, and Board Chair for Charlotte Pride.
Daniel holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He was born in Acapulco, Mexico and has called the Charlotte region home for almost 25 years. In his spare time Daniel enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new cities.