With a deep understanding of politics, policy, and communications, David has spent his career delivering results in challenging environments on behalf of companies, organizations, and elected officials. At Scarlet Oak, he leads the advocacy and public affairs team in the Western U.S. working on behalf of clients ranging from global energy companies and developers to the natural resource and maritime industries on high-profile – often contentious – projects.
Before joining Scarlet Oak, as Senior Vice President at Strategies 360, David built out the firm’s public affairs practice across the West. He spearheaded public affairs strategy for prominent clients including major infrastructure and development projects locally and nationally – helping many to fly under the radar while also securing significant public and political support to achieve strategic outcomes.
Previously, David served on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s staff driving external affairs and communications efforts. In this role, he led stakeholder, coalition, and news media engagement across California to advance many of Schwarzenegger’s groundbreaking initiatives including the nation’s first climate action policy, the leading renewable energy standard, wildland fire response, major transportation and infrastructure programs, education reform, and the launch of high-speed rail. David also led corporate communications for a publicly traded biotechnology and energy company in Silicon Valley.
David is a former U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter where he served across North California and Nevada.
A native of Seattle, David can be found skiing and surfing with his wife Katy and son Ian. He holds a master’s degree in public policy focused on energy policy from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from the University of California, Davis.