Dan “Danny” Eckstrom graduated from Pueblo High School in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Arizona in 1969. Danny served six years of honorable military service with the U.S. Army Reserve-220th Judge Advocate General (JAG) Detachment and graduated from the U. S. Naval Justice School in legal administration and court-reporting in 1970.
In 1971, just 23, he was elected to the City of South Tucson City Council. He became Mayor in 1973 and re-elected for five terms. Appointed to the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 1988 he was re-elected to four terms. He served for 20 years on the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) Regional Council including five terms as Chairman. In 1996, he was awarded the LULAC National Presidential Citation and Community Service Award. That year, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) Advisory Council. He retired from political office in 2003 but was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama in 2010.
Danny’s private sector experience includes Assistant Director for the Citizens Economic Development Opportunity Corporation, five years as Assistant Vice President/Marketing Analyst for the National Economic Development Association (a national firm assisting minority owned businesses), and eight years as Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer of Ruiz Engineering/Maya Construction Company. Danny currently serves as President of DWE Management Consultants, a professional consulting firm he established in 1987.