David Garcia is the Policy Director for the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation. He leads the center’s engagement in local, state and federal housing policy and supports the generation of research-driven policy ideas, proposals and papers. Prior to joining the Terner Center, David worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Ten Space, a real estate development company in Stockton, focused exclusively on infill projects in the downtown neighborhood. David also works as an advocate in the Central Valley, serving on numerous boards and commissions related to a wide array of planning issues such as implementing smart growth policies and developing incentives for infill growth.
The suburbs have long served as a symbol of opportunity in California, where families could realize the ‘American Dream’ of homeownership, expansive lawns and ample parking. But for many, suburban growth has instead been synonymous with racial and economic segregation, nightmare commutes and environmental degradation.