Daphne Purisima earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science with a concentration in systems physiology and minor in chemistry from San Jose State University (SJSU). She worked as a staff member at SJSU for more than eight years before coming to Cal Poly, first as a student assistant for the Department of Art and Art History. After graduating she worked as an ASC I for the Department of Art and Art History, then as an ASC II for the Department of Chemistry. She was Admin Analyst/Specialist for the Department of English, and then Admin Analyst/Specialist for the Department of Art and Art History. She also taught CPR and first aid at SJSU.