David is Executive Director of RECOFTC. He joined RECOFTC in 2017 amid growing recognition that securing the land and resource rights of forest communities lays the essential foundation for peace, economic development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. David strongly advocates for community forestry as an entry point and model for achieving the SDGs, including gender equality, and the Paris agreement on climate change. Securing tenure rights, overcoming poverty, ensuring gender equality, protecting biodiversity and combating the climate crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. David joined RECOFTC from SERVIR-Mekong, a joint USAID NASA Initiative, where he was Chief of Party since 2014. Previously he was Chief of Party for Winrock International’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) Program, which strengthened the capacity of developing countries in Asia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and forestry. David served as a director with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and a technical officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). David has a Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management.