Dave Davis currently serves as Water Commissioner for the City of Santa Barbara, Chairman of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Board of Directors, the provider of regional transit services to the Santa Barbara South Coast and a national leader in the electric bus technology, member of the Santa Barbara County APCD Citizen’s Advisory Council and sits on the board of directors of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project.
Dave is the former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Community Environmental Council (CEC), where he served for over 10 years. CEC is a 45 year old non-profit focused on promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation, addressing the critical issues of clean energy and climate change.
Before coming to CEC, Dave served for almost 25 years as the City of Santa Barbara’s Community Development Director and City Planner where he was responsible for planning, building and safety, redevelopment, housing, community development and block grant programs Dave previously worked as a City Planner for the cities of Thousand Oaks and Long Beach, taught environmental studies at UCLA and Moorpark College, and lectures frequently at UCSB.
Dave has received numerous awards for his work and community involvement, including national recognition for planning innovation from the National League of Cities, social advocacy from the American Planning Association, and lifetime achievement from the American Institute of Architects, “Planner of the Year” by the Citizen’s Planning Association, “Citizen of the Year” by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization and has been named repeatedly to “Who’s Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability” and “Who’s Who in Non-Profits” by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Dave received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Jean.