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David Campbell

What I am working on:

What I am working on:
I study the policy dynamics and collaborative mechanisms that shape local community implementation of government policies and programs, with a goal of deepening the practice of democratic citizenship. The specific topics include local and regional food systems, food waste, faith-related organizations, and social service networks.

My Achievements

My Achievements:
I've been a Community Development Specialist with the University of California Cooperative Extension since 2000. In that role I have conducted research or offered programs in 38 of California's 58 counties, on a wide range of topics in community leadership and collaborative governance. My research is based on careful listening to local voices, primarily in open-ended interviews but also by observing public meetings and reviewing documents. I'm grateful to have received the 2016 Ted Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the Community Development Society, named in honor of my former UC Davis colleague and longtime CDS member. In addition, three of my peer-reviewed publications have been selected as the best article published in the journal of a professional society. These include:

Benjamin, L. & Campbell, D.C. (2014). Nonprofit performance: Accounting for the agency of clients. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Vol. 44(5) 988–1006. [Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action]

Campbell, D. 2012. Public Managers in Integrated Services Collaboratives: What Works is Workarounds. Public Administration Review, 72, 5, 721-730. [American Society for Public Administration]

Campbell, D. (2002). Outcomes assessment and the paradox of nonprofit accountability. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 12(3), 243-259. [Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action]

I am married to a Presbyterian minister and have a son who is married and living in Fort Collins, CO.

Work experience / Education

Work experience / Education:
B.A. Westminster College (PA), 1978, Political Science
(Summa Cum Laude, with departmental honors)
M.A. The Ohio State University, 1980, Political Science
Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1984, Political Science
Dissertation The Political Commitments of Community Organizers: Sustenance for the Long Haul


Associate Dean for Social and Human Sciences,
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis (2014-current)
• Coordinate dean’s office activities with departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Food Science and Technology, Human Ecology, and Nutrition;
• Review and make recommendations on merit and promotion actions, faculty FTE requests, department academic plans, and faculty recruitments;
• Contribute to college-wide policy decisions as member of Dean’s Policy Council;
• Facilitate integration of the social sciences and community engaged scholarship in the college;
• Conducted college-wide survey to inform 2016 college Academic and Strategic Plan;
• Represent the dean to internal and external stakeholders.

Strategic Initiative Leader, Health Families and Communities Initiative
University of California Cooperative Extension (2011-2014)
• Facilitate, coordinate, and inspire a team of UC academics to address high priority issues affecting the health and well-being of California youth, families, and communities;
• Make key policy recommendations to the Vice-President of Agricultural and Natural Resources as representative on statewide Program Council, including decisions on competitive grants and new Specialist and Advisor positions;
• Organize regular statewide conferences and program team meetings.

Cooperative Extension Specialist, Community Studies
UC Cooperative Extension, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis, (2000-current)
• Provide statewide programmatic leadership on community development issues and problems;
• Conduct applied research, evaluation, and engagement programs with a focus on civic engagement, community change, social and workforce policy, and community leadership;
• Secured $3.6 million in grant funding for research and education projects;
• Author of 23 evaluations for state agencies, foundations, and community based organizations;
• Partner with agencies and foundations that have California-related programs;
• Organize regular conferences and meetings, including Making the People’s University: Exploring the Civic Mission of Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension, as part of the Provost’s forum series on The Public University and the Social Good.

Director, California Communities Program
Human and Community Development Department, UC Davis, (1996-2009)
• Provided direction and focus for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) research and engagement work in community development;
• Organized and managed internship program which placed 100 graduate students in local Cooperative Extension offices to work on community development projects.

Analyst, Community Development and Public Policy
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, (1991-1997)
• Developed and implemented SAREP’s program in community food systems;
• Developed and managed competitive grants program;
• Built working coalitions with related university programs and non-profit groups;
• Primary author of successful three-year, $2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create the California Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA).

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