Daniel Valenzuela was re-elected to his second term on the Phoenix City Council in August 2015. He began his tenure on the City Council on Jan. 3, 2012 and proudly represents District 5, which includes west and central Phoenix. The councilman is committed to keeping our families safe, strengthening our economy, and improving our neighborhoods.
Councilman Valenzuela currently chairs the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee and also serves as a member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. In 2015, the Councilman was appointed to represent Phoenix on the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee and was also appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Community and Economic Development (CED) federal advocacy committee.
Councilman Valenzuela has dedicated his life to public safety. As a Valley firefighter and Phoenix City Councilman, he believes that the top priority of the city of Phoenix must be keeping our residents safe. This has been reflected in the strategic planning process that defines the city budget, which allocates approximately three-fourths of its general fund to public safety. Not only has the Councilman advocated for the needs of our public safety departments with his colleagues on the City Council, he has also taken his message to Washington, DC to fight for the city's fair share of federal funds.
Councilman Valenzuela is committed to growing our city's economy and has taken a leadership role on the City Council to make Phoenix the most generous and welcoming community for entrepreneurs and innovators. The Councilman understands that for our economy to thrive, we need to support existing businesses, attract new businesses, and build an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish. Just as importantly, our success in today's technology and innovation marketplace relies on attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.
Councilman Valenzuela understands a city cannot flourish unless its neighborhoods are strong. Representing Council District 5, the councilman works tirelessly to advocate for the neighborhoods in his district. He spends countless hours attending neighborhood meetings, assisting in the formation of block watches, and ensuring city departments are responding to neighborhood concerns.
Councilman Valenzuela believes a healthy city is a strong and resilient city. From ensuring our residents have access to healthy, affordable food to protecting our environment, the councilman truly believes that building a healthy city is more than providing bike lanes and fitness equipment. A healthy city is also about encouraging residents to live healthy lifestyles, and creating a focus on childhood and adult obesity, nutrition education, access to nutritious food, and wellness-focused worksites.
Councilman Valenzuela serves on the board of directors for Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS), a nonprofit community legal center committed to balancing the scales of justice for Arizona's vulnerable young people; the StartUpAZ Foundation, which seeks to empower a stronger statewide ecosystem for high-growth companies to scale in Arizona; and BUILD Arizona, which ensures children enter school with the ability to read at grade level.
Councilman Valenzuela also serves on the board of directors for the Co+Hoots Foundation in support of central Phoenix's member-sustained, community-supported collaborative coworking space, as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Phoenix and Central Arizona in support of the development of mentoring programs for children and youth in Greater Phoenix, and Friends of Phoenix Public Art.
The Councilman represents the city of Phoenix on the board of Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC), which focuses on promoting economic development in the west valley; and the Valley of the Sun United Way Ending Hunger Leadership Council.
Councilman Valenzuela is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 35, and the Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI).
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