Latinos comprise the largest ethnic group in the largest state of the union. Today, nearly 40 percent of all California residents are of Latino origin – a number that will only grow over the coming decades.
David is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of community and economic development. He created the innovative TELACU Model, the community investment engine that sustains TELACU as the nation’s largest Community Development Corporation. He also shares his expertise, leadership, insight and time with many other civic, business, educational, governmental and community-based organizations. David is a past Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, advocating for more than 2.5 million Latino businesses throughout the nation. He was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI Community Development Advisory Board.
David is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Chairwoman's Award, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine and was named among the top 500 business leaders of the year in Hispanic Business Magazine and holds an honorary Doctorate from CSU Los Angeles.