David is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Climate Cents. He feels fortunate for the opportunity to build a new organization, work with awesome people, and solve interesting problems. The son of a leading climate scientist, David’s been grappling with the challenge of global warming for almost as long as he can remember. As a kid, he tested his mom’s patience with endless daydreaming about inventing solar-powered cars. Climate Cents fuses his early fascination with tech solutions to environmental problems with his adult enthusiasm for building movements that make the world a better place for all people. A desire to turn knowledge into practical achievements led him to volunteer on campaigns against food deserts and the exploitation of low-wage workers. These experiences convinced him to put aside his love of teaching to work full-time in service of a more just and sustainable society through leadership of community organizing and advocacy groups. David holds a Ph.D. from USC, with a focus on U.S. politics and urban studies/metropolitan history and is writing a book tentatively titled, The Progressive Dilemma, which explores the challenges of progressive movement-building on a national scale, with particular focus on Los Angeles and New York, from 1916 to 2016.