Dan Centers is a fourth-generation resident of Livonia, Michigan, where he was born and raised, attended Livonia Public Schools K-12, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After college, Dan worked as an elementary classroom teacher. He currently works in higher education, making college more affordable for students, while also serving on the Livonia School Board, where he was elected.
In 2017, he was honored with the award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards. Also, he was named Outstanding Young Michigander by the Michigan Jaycee Foundation in 2014, recognizing his work to help hungry children and students with special needs.