President and CEO, Conservation Economics


Clifford David is president of Conservation Economics. His core focus is to connect people to conservation and agriculture in ways that generate revenue in a way that is environmentally beneficial and sustainable. As such, Mr. David ensures that economics are fundamental to all projects, and that science is blended with community values. A skilled negotiator, Mr. David regularly works to establish consensus among groups with diverse and often competing interests.

Prior to 2011, Mr. David served as president of Heritage Conservancy for more than 20 years, building an organization noted for broad, creative capacity and dynamic growth. During his tenure, Heritage Conservancy evolved from a respected local land trust to a regional leader in sustainable conservation. Mr. David built initiatives and regional projects that ranged from adaptive re-uses for historic structures to sustainable agriculture.

Mr. David's previous experience included work within municipal government, including managing a 500-acre passive and active recreational and environmental education facility and administering municipal wetland protection regulations.

Mr. David serves on numerous statewide and regional boards, commissions and advisory councils, including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council and Temple University School of Environmental Design, Ambler Campus' Board of Visitors. He is very active in his local community, including Doylestown and Montgomery County.

Mr. David earned a BS in botany from the University of Vermont and a BA in psychology from Bucknell University. He earned his master's degree from Antioch College. Mr. David resides in Lower Gwynedd, PA with his family. His wife is a partner in a law firm in Montgomery County. He has two daughters and one son: Cate, who attends Drexel Law School; Sarah, who is a senior at George Washington University; and Clifford Jr., who attends high school.