About David

Councilmember David Schapira was elected to the Tempe City Council in 2014. On the Council, he has partnered with local school districts, nonprofits and local businesses to increase access to educational opportunity for all Tempe students. David’s proudest achievement on the Council was the recent passage of the "Tempe Free PRE" initiative, which will provide high-quality, free preschool opportunities for 360 young children over the next two years.

Prior to his service on the Council, David served in the Arizona House of Representatives, the State Senate and as the Arizona Senate Minority Leader. He served on the Education Committee throughout his time in the Legislature, including four years as ranking member. David also served four years on the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.

Professionally, David has worked as a high-school teacher, ASU instructor and school administrator. For the past four years David has served as Assistant Superintendent for the East Valley Institute of Technology, a public school district offering career and technical education to East Valley students.

In 2012, The Arizona Republic named David as one of “Tempe’s Exemplary People,” acknowledging his commitment to the community he serves. The Republic had previously recognized him as a “Lawmaker Who Made a Difference” and as an “Emerging Leader Worth Watching.” The Arizona Student Association, Arizona Technology Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Cancer Society, League of Cities and Towns and East Valley Tribune have also recognized David for his service to the community.

David has a B.A. from George Washington University and a master's degree in education leadership from ASU. David and his wife, Rosemary, a Tempe educator, live in central Tempe with their two daughters, who both attend public schools.