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Preparedness for the Job

I first began considering public service while earning my Master’s Degree in Public Administration (2006-2008).  In the years that followed, I honed my skills in fiscal management, program development and strategic planning while overseeing a broad range of social service programs, often through government-funded contracts.  In 2010, however, my desire to become more engaged in the community began take shape.  Some examples of how I have applied my experience in support of broader community needs include:

  • Participating in the City of Ithaca’s Municipal Drug Planning Committee that led to the creation of “The Ithaca Plan: A Public Health and Safety Approach to Drugs and Drug Policy.”
  • Participating in start-up efforts that led to the incorporation of Love Living at Home, a new local nonprofit aimed at supporting older adults so they can continue to live independently in their community.
  • Serving on other local nonprofit boards and committees including: Chair of the Executive Search committee for The Mental Health Association of Tompkins County, Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Community Mental Health Services Board, Co-Chair of the United Way of Tompkins County’s Pacesetter Campaign and Finance committee member with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Volunteer coaching for elementary age school teams in basketball, baseball and soccer.


David attending "Coffee with the Mayor and Chief"

 David participating in the Ithaca loves Charleston Event


David attending Tom Reed Town Hall at the Southside Community Center

 David participating in the Black Lives Matter March


Committee to Elect David Shapiro
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