Daniel Smeraldo

Daniel was born and raised in Plano, Texas.  The first in his family to attend a four year university, Daniel is the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor’s Degree.

Daniel began his college career at the University of San Diego in southern California. It was there during an introductory International Relations class that his love for politics began. As a freshman, he was elected to the Student Senate, where he spent time drafting university legislation and meeting with students and professors to increase student resources. After his freshman year Daniel returned home to Plano where he attended Collin College, where he graduated in May 2016 Magna Cum Laude with his Associate’s Degree. Upon completion of his Associate’s, he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where he completed his Bachelor’s of International Relations and Global Studies in May 2018. 

Daniel is familiar with a variety of cultures through his time studying languages and traveling. He has studied both Spanish and Russian at the collegiate level and has spent time studying in Cuba and Poland. His international experience has provided him insight into different cultural dynamics and given him a unique approach to problem solving. 

In his free time Daniel enjoys volunteering with a local Austin non-profit, Mount Nebo, leading a small group for high school students at his church and supporting UT sports.