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David Knight

Executive Director of the California Community Action Partnership Association (CALCAPA)


David’s experience includes 18 years of non-profit management including 14 years in Community Action & Head Start management. He began his career in community action in Pikeville, KY as a business service representative under the WIA (Workforce Investment Act), then a special projects coordinator in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and then to Community Services Director under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). At the age of 29, David became the youngest executive director in Arkansas state history as the Executive Director for Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC. David also worked with the National Association for Community Services Programs (NASCSP) out of Washington, D.C. as the Community Services Director for the entire US before becoming the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Hinds County Human Resource Agency in Jackson, Mississippi.

In addition to CSBG, David has developed and overseen programs including Head Start, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Rural Transit Assistance Program 5311, Title IIB Transportation, Congregate and Home Delivered Nutrition Programs (Title IIIC), and many other local and state funded programs. 

He received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work in August 2004 from the University of Mississippi. From there, David has completed over 300 hours of direct sales, leadership and marketing training; has over 150 hours of training in the Certified Community Action Management Program and is a nationally certified Results Oriented Management & Accountability (ROMA) Master Trainer in which he trains Community Action Agencies all over the United States. He also holds a certificate in Public Management and Leadership from the Institute of Government at Jackson State University.

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David Knight

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