David Daw has joined the Department of Local Services, where he will lead the new department’s efforts to engage and collaborate with King County’s unincorporated communities.
A Seattle native, David attended Evergreen State College in Olympia and studied economic development abroad in both Central America and Africa. After earning a bachelor’s degree focused on public administration and intercultural communication, he returned to Seattle. With a friend, he co-founded The Initiative Newspaper, which ran stories about positive community action and provided resources and information about the local African-American community.
For the next 15 years, he continued to work in roles that focused on connecting communities and building the capacity of organizations and residents of King County. He spent four years as South Seattle Community College’s Student Organization Coordinator, and then a year as the White Center Community Development Association’s Neighborhood Revitalization Manager. He served the South King Council of Human Services as its Capacity Building Manager, and then became its Director. He comes to us from a post as Senior Manager of Resident Services SW Region for the King County Housing Authority.
In all of these roles, David’s approach has been consistent: It’s about people. In the Department of Local Services, he says, “We have to create platforms that allow all residents access to information and resources in an equitable way and continue to build relationships and trust with communities” David believes, as public servants, it’s our duty to be transparent in our work, communicate effectively with all residents, provide high quality services, listen to the community for solutions to their needs and work with community partners, stakeholders and government service providers to resolve issues.
Fun fact: One of David’s favorite hobbies is table tennis—he belongs to a club in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.