David Gray is a skilled strategist with expertise in municipal government operations, corporate social responsibility, and social innovation. His experience includes directing multi-million-dollar projects for government agencies in California, spearheading local and statewide legislative campaigns in California and Louisiana, managing staff and operations in the office of an elected official, and helping entrepreneurs launch and scale new businesses and nonprofit organizations.
David was Acting Director for Community Benefits at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) prior to moving to Austin. In that role, David managed the SFPUC's fifteen-member Community Benefits Division, influenced how the SFPUC incorporated social responsibility into its business practices, and supervised more than 30 programs across six Northern California counties. David also advised $17 million in community investments from SFPUC's private-sector contractors.
Prior to directing Community Benefits at the SFPUC, David held positions as Chief of Staff for the City of Richmond, CA Mayor's Office; Director of Projects and Programs for the City of Richmond, CA Mayor's Office; and Poverty to Opportunity Project Coordinator for the Louisiana Budget Project. He earned his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degrees in social policy, urban studies, and sociology from Tulane University.