History & Qualifications

Public service for our community is nothing new to Doria. At the age of 18, while a freshman business major at Kent State, she noticed that the youth in her neighborhood had many gifts and skills, beyond just their athletic abilities, that needed to be recognized and developed. No one had given them the opportunity to express their additional talents, so she organized a neighborhood choir called the Community Youth Choir. As the group’s founder and pianist, she nurtured countless children throughout their adolescence. Years later, from testimonials of her students, the choir gave them the structure and discipline that they needed and provided them with vital life skills as adults.

Doria has always had a special “knack” at seeing a problem and organizing a plan to address that problem. In 1987, residents of Kent’s south-end, concerned about the blight in their neighborhood, increased crime and declining property values, approached Doria and asked her what could be done to address their concerns. She helped residents form a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation called the Thomas-Anderson Development Corp. The corporation works with the Kent Police Department, Community Development Department and Kent City Council to improve safety, services, and housing in the neighborhood.

Her service expanded beyond just her neighborhood. Doria participated with other city residents concerned over fairness in taxes and served on the Kent City Tax Equalization Board. She also participated on the Kent Middle School Planning Committee suggesting ideas and concepts to school administrators for building a new middle school.

Doria’s life long commitment to Kent is unique because she served her community while being employed in remote locations throughout North America and Europe, working as a manufacturing information systems designer in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries. Now that Doria is retired, she envisions new ways to improve Kent. Doria will have only one job and that is to see that our city provides the best opportunities and services for all of it’s citizens.

Doria attributes her independent thinking, love for public service and stubborn determination to her parents. Her mother, the late Henrietta Anderson, was the first licensed African-American hair care salon owner in Kent – Daniel’s Beauty Salon. Her stepdad, the late Ben Anderson, was Kent’s first African-American elected public official, serving on City Council from 1956-1964 and 1970-1973.

As your elected council member Doria Daniels will help Kent City Council re-focus,
re-prioritize and re-balance
projects and services to better serve our residents, local businesses and our campus community.

Doria’s impressive list of qualifications and experience:

Doria Daniels is Qualified
Kent State University School of Business Administration
Kettering University – Operations Management
Member of Kent Chamber of Commerce

Doria Daniels is Experienced
Senior Systems Design Analyst – Computer Science Corp.
Certified 6 Sigma Green Belt – Delphi Automotive Systems
Information Technology SAP Systems Designer – Delphi Automotive Systems
Master Scheduler and Logistics Planner – Little Tikes Manufacturing

Doria Daniels is Dedicated
Lifetime resident with 25 plus years of voluntary service
Kent City School – Middle School Planning Committee
City of Kent – Tax Equalization Board
City of Kent – Shade Tree Commission
City of Kent – Thomas-Anderson Neighborhood Dev. Corp. – Board Chair
Portage County Red Cross – Treasurer
Portage County Habitat for Humanity – Board Chair & former Interim Executive Director Portage County Aids Task Force
Portage County Human Services Board
Portage County Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Board – Special Finance Committee

Doria Daniels is Recognized as a Leader
Person of the Year 2008 Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Inductee
Awarded the Congressional Seal for Community Service
Who’s Who in Finance and Industry 26th Edition – Marquis Publication
Who’s Who in the Midwest 22nd Edition – Marquis Publication
Commendation from the Ohio House of Representative 116th General Assembly
Served as a Delegate to Russia – People to People International
Awarded the State of Ohio Governor’s Recognition for Community Service
Awarded the Diamond Life Member of the NAACP