Appointed in 2007, David is the first Director of the California Conservation Corps to have “risen from the ranks.” David initially joined the CCC in January 1978 as the Corps was gearing up following its creation by Governor Jerry Brown a little more than a year prior. David spent over 60 weeks living out of a tent supervising three trail crews in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. David has been strongly influenced by the ethics he acquired from Corps during these early years; ethics of hard work and service to others, no matter how miserable the conditions.
David served on staff of the CCC until 1996 in numerous capacities including administrator of the Del Norte Center, director of development, and manager of the planning and quality assurance division. In 1979, he started the CCC’s iconic Backcountry Trails Project that has gone on to field 176 crews, build and maintain 10,840 miles of trails in national and state parks, forests, and wilderness areas throughout the state including Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks and the John Muir, Trinity Alps, Ansel Adams, Emigrant Basin, Mt San Jacinto, and Marble Mountains wilderness areas. At the Del Norte Center, David founded the salmon and steelhead restoration program that received the Robert Rodale/Renew America Award for the top fisheries conservation program in the nation and the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
From 1996 until his return to the CCC in 2007, David served as deputy director for California Volunteers where he led public policy efforts and supported AmeriCorps national service and disaster volunteer programs. He was also architect of a statewide system matching volunteers with organizations that need them, an initiative of the First Lady and Governor. First Lady Maria Shriver commended his efforts, “David, your leadership and vision has made the world of service and volunteerism accessible to all Californians.”
David feels incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to further the great mission of the CCC; to be part of an effort that so powerfully helps the young women and men of the Corps grow into stronger workers, citizens, students and individuals and part of an organization that gets a lot done every day restoring salmon habitat on the north coast, saving energy in public and commercial structures in towns and cities throughout the state, building and maintaining trails through California’s most spectacular landscapes, reducing wildfire risks and responding when needed to fires, floods, earthquakes, oil spills, and agricultural pest infestations. David’s tenure has also provided the opportunity to work with great people both from within the Corps and from the many organizations with whom the CCC partners to complete its workload of 2,000 conservation projects each year.