David Shabazian was appointed director of the California Department of Conservation by Governor Newsom on October 12, 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Shabazian was program manager of rural-urban connections strategy for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments since 2007, where he has also served as project manager of water resources and floodplain program management since 2004. He was deputy project manager for blueprint land use – transportation study at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments from 2000 to 2004, a post-graduate researcher at the University of California, Davis from 1996 to 2000 and a planner for the City of Davis from 1994 to 1996.
He is chair of the Center for Land-Based Learning Board of Directors and a member of the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Board.
Shabazian earned a Master of Science degree in transportation technology and policy from the University of California, Davis.