About Daniel

Valenzuela has served as a valley firefighter since 2003 and was previously elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. While on the city council, he worked to make the city safer, strengthened our neighborhoods, provided regional leadership, and helped transform our economy through innovation and cultivating an environment where entrepreneurs can succeed.

  • Chaired the city’s two pension reform efforts saving Phoenix taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars spanning a 20-year period.
  • Helped enact the City of Phoenix Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
  • Led on economic development and job creation as Chair of the Council’s Aviation and Innovation Subcommittee.
  • Raised $1 million of private sector funds to create CodePHX, making coding accessible, equitable and free to students 3-17 across Phoenix regardless of neighborhood.
  • Increased educational attainment of students to create the talent needed by future companies while closing the gender and opportunity gap in Phoenix.
  • Helped to refocus the City’s economic development strategy to today’s leading industries in the Phoenix economy including: Healthcare; Advanced Manufacturing; Information Technology, Transportation and Entrepreneurship.


Valenzuela has received recognition from various organizations. These include being a recipient of The IMPACT Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; selected as one of the 40 under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal; NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award; Tech Talent AZ Award; Behavioral Health Agency Champion Award; and Man of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona.