Dave Potter has 43 years of consulting and public sector experience in urban/regional and environmental planning in San Diego. He manages Potter & Associates, a planning and environmental consulting firm he established in 1993. Previously, he served over 21 years with the City’s Planning Department in a number of positions, including Deputy Planning Director. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Institute of Certified Managers and is a member of the American Planning Association and the Association of Environmental Planners. His education includes a Master of City Planning degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social (Urban) Studies from the Ohio State University. He was also a Research Fellow at the Inter-American Housing and Planning Center in Bogotá, Colombia.
In addition to the Redistricting Commission, Dave is currently serving on the Mission Bay Park/Improvement Oversight Committee. His other public service appointments include Medical Marijuana Task Force, Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Working Group, Strategy 2020 Committee, NTC Citizens Implementation Advisory Committee, Sewer Cost of Service Stakeholders Group, Air Transportation Action Program Working Group and MTS Comprehensive Operational Analysis Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
After retiring from the City, Dave contributed his understanding of city planning and community development by serving on and chairing the Clairemont Mesa Planning Committee and the Community Planners Committee or CPC. CPC was established by the City to advise the City Council, Planning Commission, and Planning Department on matters related to the General Plan and respective Community Plans.
In fulfilling his military obligation, Dave was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam.
Dave pledges to support meaningful public input, impartiality, non-partisanship, and transparency in carrying out the responsibilities of the Commission.