Bio

David was born in the Roxbury section of Boston‘s inner city during World War II. When he was two and a half, his parents moved the family to a small 150 year-old farm ninety miles north of Boston near the factory town of Tilton, New Hampshire. David‘s family consisted of David, his two older brothers, and his twin sister.

David attended public school in Tilton and, like most farm children, his life revolved around schoolwork and farm chores. By the time David was in high school, he was taking a heavier course load, still helping out on the farm, and holding down a part-time job as a school janitor.

With his heavy class schedule, part-time employment and farm chores, David didn‘t have too much time for sports except for running cross country and joining the gymnastics team.

David graduated from high school with a college-prep diploma. His graduating class consisted of 53 students.

After graduation from high school, David enrolled in college at the University of New Hampshire where he studied accounting and marketing and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1967. To help pay for his college education, David received an outstanding student scholarship from his hometown local newspaper, worked summer jobs and during the school year he worked as a part-time waiter.

In college, David participated in the ROTC program during his freshman and sophomore years. Once David graduated from college, he enlisted in the Air Force with the expectation he‘d be trained to be a pilot. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for both a pilot and navigator due to his eyesight.

After Air Force basic training, David was sent for training as a supply specialist. His permanent duty assignment was at Nellis Air Force Base here in Southern Nevada. Once at Nellis, David immediately set out to cross train into computer operations and programming - a field in which he studied in college. In 1971, at the rank of Staff Sergeant, David was honorably discharged having completed his enlistment.

Having taken graduate level classes at the University of New Hampshire, David resumed his pursuit of a Master of Business Administration graduate degree by enrolling part-time at Nevada Southern University in 1968 while also on active military duty. When David received his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he began looking for a job so he could pay for his continued studies. That was during a recession, and David was lucky to find a job as a computer operator / programmer with the City of Las Vegas. By the time he received his MBA in 1974, the university had changed its name to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Within three years, after joining the City of Las Vegas, David was promoted to the position of Budget Officer in the City‘s Finance Department. He also performed the duties of deputy department director. In 1979 a new city manager reorganized many of the city‘s departments, and David was given major responsibility as the Director of the Office of Budget and Management for the City of Las Vegas. His new duties included not only the preparation and administration of the city‘s budget but also performing managerial analysis and performance audits of city departments, divisions and programs. David held this position until 1984.

After thirteen years with the City of Las Vegas, David accepted a new career challenge as a Senior Management Analyst with Clark County in the Office of the County Manager. During the six years he served in this capacity, David performed many diverse activities including developing policy, performing financial analysis, proposing legislation, working on the implementation of countywide comprehensive land use and development plans, coordinating the development of Laughlin and briefing county commissioners.

At the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), David held the position of Assistant Director, serving as both the chief administrative officer (CAO) and chief financial officer (CFO). During his nine years at the RTC, David took a lead role in the development and implementation of the Citizens Area Transit system and implementing the Fair Share Transportation Funding Program which developed sources of funding needed to meet southern Nevada‘s growing transportation infrastructure demands. David worked at the RTC for nearly a decade up to his retirement in 1999.

While David held senior administrative positions at the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, and the Regional Transportation Commission, he always had time to be an active member of our community.

In fact, David has been appointed to boards and commissions by five different governors: List, Bryan, Miller, Guinn and Gibbons—two Democrats and three Republicans. Among the many boards and commissions that David served on are:

Joint City/County Consolidation Technical Committee, 1975 - 76
Governor‘s MX Missile Economic Impact Study, 1980 - 81
Governor‘s Statewide AIDS Advisory Task Force, 1987 - 94 and 2002 - present
Clark County Community Development Block Grant Committee, 1989 - 93
Paradise Town Advisory Board (including 5 years as Chairman), 1991- 96
Community District 89109 Leadership Council, 1993 - 96
Governor‘s Fundamental Review of State Government, 2001 - 02
Commissioner, Education Technology Commission, 2001- 03
Nevada State AIDS Task Force, 2002 - present
Governor‘s Homeless Policy Team, 2003 - 06
Nevada Military Advocacy Commission, 2004 - 06
California-Nevada Super Speed Ground Transportation Commission, 2009 - present

In addition to the leadership roles David has played in his work and through his service on boards, David helps at every level. In fact, his community activism can be traced back to his college years in the mid-60‘s when he participated in demonstrations against discriminatory housing of minorities in Boston. Since then, he‘s rolled up his sleeves and helped a number of civic causes and nonprofit boards. The list includes:

Veterans issues advocate for over forty years
Founding member of AFAN and served as Board President for 15 years
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, 1998 – present
High Desert State Prison Citizen Advisory Committee, 2001-2003
National Conference for Community and Justice, Southern Nevada Region Board, 1998 – 2003
Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada Board, 2006 – present
Nevada Homeless Alliance Board, 2006 – present
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada Board, 2006 – present.
Active volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations

David has never sought the spotlight for his volunteer work, but he has been recognized for his leadership and effectiveness in a wide number of areas including:

In July of 1999, David was invited to the White House for a first-ever meeting of openly gay and lesbian elected officials with a sitting President.
In the January 2000 issue of OUT Magazine, David was recognized as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian persons of 1999.
In the 2003 Las Vegas Review Journal Staff Poll, David was voted the Best Local Politician. Read the entire review here.