David Do has served as the Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) since 2015. David is a seasoned community advocate and a champion for neighborhood engagement. He previously served in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) of Washington, DC during the administrations of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. He also worked with various community-based organizations to promote capital improvement grants during his previous tenure at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). During his time within EOM and DMPED, David developed a unique understanding of the District of Columbia and its most pressing issues. As Director, David is committed to building bridges between the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and all Washingtonians.
David grew up in San Jose, California, and was raised by parents who were refugees of the Vietnam War. His parents had limited English proficiency (LEP), and growing up David learned Vietnamese as his first language and was an English language learner (ELL) while he attended public school. David fought through his adverse upbringing and became the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Merced and went on to receive a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).
Prior to joining MOAPIA, David was also involved in local elections in the District of Columbia, championing education issues. David founded and runs the Ward 1 Education Collaborative. The group provides a partnership for parents and community members to advocate for quality public schools. David has also served as Director of Academic Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of California, Merced.