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Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Daniel holds a Business Administration Degree from University Mariano Galvez in Guatemala City, and he is a graduate of the Nebraska Bankers Association Leadership Program and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Executive Leadership Institute.
In 1993, he started to work in the U.S. banking industry, particularly with emerging markets in Nebraska. Daniel became a leader in developing financial tools and processes to integrate Latinos and the financial systems. He developed Latino markets in Western Nebraska before establishing new lending and products initiatives to target unbanked and underbanked markets in Lincoln and Omaha.
In 2018, after 25 years in banking, Daniel joined the nonprofit world. He is the co-founder of Lending Link, a first-in-the-nation initiative to provide responsive financial coaching and alternative loan services to individuals, to improve the finances of low-to-moderate income households by transitioning the individuals out of the predatory and payday lenders, and to promote long-term financial stability.

Daniel serves as Board Treasurer of the Heartland Workers Center, Board Treasurer of the D2 Center, Board Member National Justice for Our Neighbors and Board Member Omaha Community Foundation. He has served in different capacities at many other local and regional organizations, including the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System.

Daniel has been married to Carolina for over 39 years, they have three adult children and two grandchildren. They all became U.S. Citizens in 2008.

Daniel Padilla

Co-Founder of Lending Link


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