David is the Director of Prevention at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). David manages PreventConnect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of violence against women. In addition, David oversees CALCASA’s prevention training and technical assistance in California and works as part of the national partnership Raliance. David has been involved in the movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence since 1982 working with a variety of local, statewide and national sexual assault and domestic violence prevention agencies. His work focuses on prevention and the development of community responses to end violence against women.
Originally founded in 1980 as the California State Coalition of Rape Crisis Centers, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) was created by rape crisis centers from across the state interested in creating a unified voice to advocate on behalf of the statewide needs of survivors, system’s change, funding needs and policy advocacy.
In 1997, CALCASA received the funding to open a fully staffed office in Oakland, California. Today, there are two offices located in Sacramento and Pasadena.
CALCASA is the only professional organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting the work of rape crisis centers, which operate independently throughout California. CALCASA is committed to ending sexual violence through a multifaceted approach of prevention, intervention, education, research, advocacy and public policy.
The organization provides a critical bridge among the efforts made by advocates providing direct services, statewide policy makers and federal responses to violence against women. Through ongoing communication and meetings with member programs, CALCASA is able to relay the challenges and successes of local work to the national level; and at the same time convey best practices, evidence-based and practice-based evidence programs emerging at the national level to local member program