Trendsetter to Know: Daniel Figueroa of New Life Center

Name: Daniel Figueroa



Age: 32

Title: Community Development Manager

Married/Single: Single

Kids: Not that I’m aware of…

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…grinding coffee beans to place in a French press as I watch the morning news. Once the coffee has transferred from the mug into my belly, I take the day as spontaneously as it is for me to be alive one more day.

I was born… in beautiful and sunny southern California. Orange County to be exact.

My favorite thing about Arizona…is that people are very friendly and there appears to be more normalcy to life. 

I’m listening to… SiriusXM Chill.

My family… is very dear and close to my heart.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…God. I have so many questions…

One thing I cannot live without…oxygen. True story.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…a professional basketball player and/or a race car driver. 

I’m inspired by…the good in this world and the blessing of another day.

The one person who motivates me is… my mother and grandmother. They’ve done so much for me and I can sincerely say that I’ve had a good life all because of them.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… greed and hate.

The perfect day would be… one where I wake up knowing my loved ones woke up to another beautiful day, brew a fresh cup of coffee, grab the keys to my convertible Porsche, and have endless twisty roads to enjoy until sundown.

My first job was… at Target. I can never wear red and khaki again…

My favorite escape… would be a place where one can enjoy nature but have the comforts of a memory foam mattress, shower/tub combo with appropriate water temp, and a toilet. Bug free would be an amazing bonus.

My life… is a blessing.

I’m currently working on… becoming a homeowner.

Always… give thanks for another day, roof over your head, and food on the table.

Never… take anything for granted. Especially good tacos, smooth tequila, and velvety wine.

Favorite Quote… There are many but this is one:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Biggest Dream… everyone on Earth to have comfortable shelter, clean water, delicious food on the table, and peace and love for themselves and those that matter most to them.

My Pet Peeve(s)… not using turn signals…and inconsideration for one another. 

More About Daniel Figueroa:
Daniel Figueroa is the Community Development Manager of New Life Center. New Life Center serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually through an emergency shelter and outreach support program, where more than 70 percent of the shelter population is children. In 2017, New Life Center served more children and provided more bed nights than any other single facility providing emergency shelter to domestic violence survivors in Arizona. To learn more, visit 

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