Danny founded Presidio as a part-time, two-person consulting shop in 2014. Since then, he has led the firm’s growth and maturation as it has built a reputation for excellence in its work and a culture of excellence and service in its professionals.
As an expert public affairs and communications practitioner, Danny has led multiple groundbreaking efforts that have helped his clients achieve their strategic goals, from bringing digital marketing best practices from Silicon Valley to public school enrollment efforts to leading high-stakes electoral campaigns. He has led government agencies’ responses to emergencies and breaches of public trust as a public information officer and helped private firms to navigate working in the public sphere and with government through the COVID-19 pandemic. Danny is most proud of his work to pass a desperately needed $258M bond in the school district he grew up in; it was the first bond the district had passed in more than 20 years and came after multiple failed attempts. In addition, he was the chief strategist for the first openly gay elected official in Orange County. In another instance, he ran the campaign that propelled the nation’s first openly gay Muslim elected official to public office in the City of Fullerton, home of the infamous Briggs Initiative’s namesake.
Before founding Presidio, Danny served on the staffs of two Los Angeles County members of the California State Assembly, including the Majority Leader. There, he led the office’s Southeast Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley coalition building efforts and was the staffer primarily responsible for local education and transportation policy. In this capacity, he led the Majority Leader’s district initiative to secure an appropriation of $2M to rehabilitate the City of Norwalk’s historic Excelsior High School Auditorium and led the office’s public outreach for the critical I-5 South improvement effort.
Danny began his career in Silicon Valley, where he worked at a firm that provided accessible financial services to the unbanked Latino immigrant community. At home, he and his wife try to keep up with their son and two dogs.