Dante Dauz, J.D.


Dante Dauz was born and raised in San Diego and has developed and implemented numerous community engagement and empowerment programs with the Union of Pan Asian Communities  throughout San Diego for 8 years.  Programs have included: reducing community violence, crime victim support, gang prevention, homeless advocacy, youth entrepreneurship, disadvantaged youth employment, and business development for individuals with serious mental illness.  Current projects include development of a diverse community center that focuses on embracing diversity, family strength, building neighborhood esteem, and business enterprise development called the UPAC Neighborhood Enterprise Center. Dante has been a well-respected community advocate for over 20 years and maintains a reputation of being on the front-line of serious matters that impact the community. He also has a distinguished professional background in law enforcement, social services, and business ownership that has led to several acclaimed awards including Probation Officer of the Year and member of the Obama Volunteer Team award.  Collectively, he has supported over 3,000 youth and families through social services and has successfully supported numerous youth and families overcome the most difficult barriers by utilizing a variety of traditional, non-traditional, and innovative approaches. As a former business owner, Dante has employed over 80 individuals that were in need of opportunities that other businesses were generally reluctant to offer.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University in Criminal Justice and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.