In May 2007 David was appointed Director of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), the first to have served previously on staff including a period when he spent more than 60 weeks living out of a tent, supervising three trail crews in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. During his tenure, the CCC has expanded its disaster response capacity, energy and natural resource conservation project portfolio, increased the number of crews for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as work and training opportunities on public lands.
David served under three California Governors as Deputy Director of the state service commission, California Volunteers, from 1996 to 2007. David led the commission’s public policy efforts and development of California’s AmeriCorps national service and disaster volunteer programs. He was also the architect of a statewide system matching volunteers with the organizations that need them, an initiative of First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Schwarzenegger. First Lady Shriver commended his efforts: "David, your leadership and vision has made the world of service and volunteerism accessible to all Californians," she wrote in a June 2007 letter. "Additionally, your innovative ideas in the policy arena have not only allowed service and volunteerism to increase in this state, but also in the nation."
David joined the CCC as a crew supervisor on January 22, 1978 shortly after the Corps was created during his first term by current California Governor Jerry Brown. Over the next 18 years David served in numerous capacities both in field operations and in Headquarters where he headed the Development and the Planning and Quality Assurance divisions. In 1979, he started the CCC's renowned Backcountry Trails Program, which he directed for 10 years. In its first 33 years, 165 Backcountry crews built and maintained 10,221 miles of trail in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Redwood national parks as well as in five of the state's national forests. While serving as Center Administrator for the Del Norte Center David founded the salmon and steelhead restoration program that in 1991 received the Robert Rodale/Renew America Award for top fisheries conservation program in the nation as well as the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
Before joining the CCC, David worked in Southern California with the Upward Bound Program and as a senior instructor with the Yosemite Institute. David has a bachelor's degree in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of California, Davis.
David and his wife, Judy, have three children and reside in Placer County.