David currently serves as Planning Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, California, where he works to drive further progress on Pasadena’s well-earned reputation as a civic community supportive of innovation in technology and urban design. From his time as a Capitol Hill staffer to his recent work securing the Smart Grid with one of the Nation’s largest utilities, David has nearly 20 years of experience in the technology policy arena. Throughout, David has sought to break otherwise complicated problems into simple, discrete issues that can be addressed and solved with less hand wringing and more action.
An attorney by training and technologist by tinkering, David currently serves as Principle of Southern California Edison’s Energy Contract Management team that oversees the day-to-day operation of contract procurement, totaling approx. $4 billion annually. Previously, he led SCE’s Reliability and Cybersecurity Department, overseeing protection and resilience for power plant, commodities trading floor, and corporate function systems responsible for meeting the electricity needs of 14 million Californians while ensuring that the systems ran smoothly.
David has also led teams handling regulatory and compliance matters for SCE’s participation in energy commodities markets, work that required leading a team seeking to reconcile state and Federal regulation from nearly a dozen regulatory bodies with competing goals and political directives. Before joining SCE management, David served as legal counsel to these and related matters.
David is sought-after in the field, serving as a frequent guest speaker on issues of grid reliability and cybersecurity and is currently a member of the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute’s Advisory Board as well as past Chair of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Group Insurance Programs, where he advised the State Bar’s Board of Trustees on addressing risk management issues.
David is also active in his local community, serving as a Fellow of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, a member of Hillsides’ H100, and is an active alumni leader of Long Beach City College, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the Georgetown University Law Center. Recently, Long Beach City College honored David as Alumni of the Decade.