About David

David began his career as a high-school teacher and later taught at Arizona State University (ASU). From 2013-2017, David worked as a high-school administrator at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), a public school district offering career and technical education to students in Eastern Maricopa County. He now consults for EVIT.

In addition to his career as an educator, David has also served his community in public office. David served in the Arizona House of Representatives and as Democratic Leader in the State Senate. Throughout David's time in the legislature, he served on the Education Committee, including four years as the ranking member. During and after his time in the Senate, David was also an elected member of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.

Elected to the Tempe City Council in 2014, David partnered with local school districts, non-profits and local businesses to increase access to educational opportunities for all students during his four years in office. David’s proudest achievement on the Council was the "Tempe PRE" initiative, which provides high-quality, free preschool for 360 children living in poverty.

The Arizona Republic has recognized David as a “Lawmaker Who Made a Difference,” an “Emerging Leader Worth Watching” and as one of “Tempe’s Exemplary People,” acknowledging his commitment to advocate for his community. David has also earned honors from the Arizona Student Association, Arizona Technology Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Cancer Society, League of Cities and Towns and East Valley Tribune.

David earned his master's degree in Education Leadership from ASU after receiving a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. David and his wife, Rosemary, also a public-school educator, live in Tempe with their two daughters, who both attend public school.