David Do is a seasoned community advocate and a champion for neighborhood engagement. David most recently served as the Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), a role he held for more than 3 years. Before that, David served in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) of Washington, DC during the administrations of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. He also worked with various community-based organizations to promote capital improvement grants during his previous tenure at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). During his time within EOM and DMPED, David developed a unique understanding of the District of Columbia and its most pressing issues. As Interim Director, David is committed to a thriving for-hire market that supports the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan.
David grew up in San Jose, California, and was raised by parents who were refugees of the Vietnam War. His parents had limited English proficiency (LEP), and growing up David learned Vietnamese as his first language and was an English language learner (ELL) while he attended public school. David fought through his adverse upbringing and became the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Merced and went on to receive a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He also became a Certified Public Manager through George Washington University’s Regional Executive Development Program.
David is a champion for education issues in the District of Columbia. He founded and runs the Ward 1 Education Collaborative. The group provides a partnership for parents and community members to advocate for quality public schools. David has also served as Director of Academic Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of California, Merced.