David has over 12 years of New York City government experience including as a Budget Analyst and Assistant Director with the City Council Finance Division and an Assistant Commissioner with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He has worked with elected officials, government agencies, advocates, and service providers on a wide range of housing, youth, senior, health, transportation, and economic development programs.
While at the Finance Division of the City Council, he was instrumental in securing over $20 million in funding to preserve and rehabilitate low-income housing, getting tax relief for over 500 middle-income homeowners who had purchased their homes through a city sponsored program but were being hit with exorbitant tax bills, and facilitating the development of over 2,000 units of low-income senior housing. He has also worked on numerous pieces of legislation including bills promoting green buildings, to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and to legalize tattooing.
A Park Slope resident for over 15 years, David is an active member of the Park Slope Greens, a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, former co-coordinator of Chickpeas Childcare, and was recently appointed to the Economic Development Committee of Community Board Six. In 2002, when the Prospect Park Zoo was going to close due to budget cuts, David helped organize a group of parents and children to testify at City Hall, which was a key step in saving the zoo.
In addition to his New York City work, as a consultant David has conducted workshops and provided advice to the national legislatures of Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Nepal, and Iraq on how these institutions could play a more effective role in the budget process of their country.
David lives with his wife, Cena Tejani, a pediatric emergency room doctor, and their two daughters. He is to the best of his knowledge the only owner in Brooklyn of a bicycle pedicab strictly for non-commercial use.