Daniel Santamaria was selected as the second Director of the Office of Boards & Commissions in June 2023. He joins Harris County with over 16 years of local government experience, including his last nine years, during which he served as chief of staff to a Houston city council member.
As head of the Office of Boards & Commissions, Daniel believes in cultivating boards/commissions that are engaged, inclusive, and more reflective of Harris County. He understands the critical role public boards/commissions play in supporting effective governance and values the stewardship undertaken by the residents appointed to serve.
Daniel grew up in the Spring Branch community in west Houston, where he and his wife and their son live today. In his time off, Daniel and his family enjoy exploring everything Harris County has to offer - from local shops to restaurants to festivals and sporting events. Daniel also enjoys cycling and has completed the MS 150 bike ride on three occasions.