Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member David Shabazian

David Shabazian - Chair

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

David has been in the land use planning and economic development field since 1990 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis. He spent three years as a planner for the City of Davis before returning to UC Davis in 1996 to earn a master’s degree in Transportation Technology and Policy. His thesis focused on linking land use and transportation planning and he was central in designing and building an urban growth model called UPlan, which has been used in many parts of California for city and regional planning.

David has been with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments for 14 years. He was the Deputy Project Manager for the Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study and is the Program Manager for the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, a regional effort to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability. He has also been SACOG’s lead on floodplain management and water resource issues and is a former member of the Delta Vision Stakeholders Coordination Group.

David is a past member of the California Health Food Financing Initiative Advisory Group and a past member of the External Advisory Committee for selection of the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science at U.C. Davis. He is an advisor to the Yolo Agriculture and Food Alliance, a board member of the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.