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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Dave Davis

past Executive Director, past Board President
Dave Davis

Dave Davis was CEO/Executive Director of CEC for 10 years, and co-currently served part of that time as CEC’s Board President. He currently serves as the Chair 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. Dave also serves on the boards of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and the Santa Barbara Built Green Advisory Council.

With a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, Dave served as the City of Santa Barbara’s Community Development Director and City Planner for almost 25 years before retiring from public service. He has also taught planning and environmental studies at University of California, Los Angeles and Moorpark College. He is the recipient of numerous awards, 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. He has been named “Planner of the Year” by the Santa Barbara Citizen’s Planning Association, “Citizen of the Year” by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, and has been recognized for distinction by the Pacific Coast Business Times in “Who’s Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability.”

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