David was born in Fresno California before moving up to Woodburn Oregon. He stayed local and attended Oregon State University (OSU) for his undergraduate and graduate programs. While at OSU, he worked and volunteered with outreach programs serving underrepresented students. The work continued into his graduate assistantship as an academic counselor assisting first year students in their transition to college and supporting students towards completing their degree.
Prior to joining Willamette University, David worked with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. While at the School of Nursing, he worked as diversity coordinator under the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant and later as an admissions counselor with the admission and recruitment office.
When not at work, David enjoys spending time with family and relaxing. Relaxation includes going to the movies, very often, and catching up with basketball.