David Diaz

Upon graduating from high school in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, David enlisted in the Army as a Signals Intelligence Specialist and a Spanish Linguist. His assignments in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Pyeongtaek, South Korea, provided him with intelligence training at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. After his three year enlistment, David transitioned to the Army Reserves where he was assigned to support the Drug Enforcement Administration as an intelligence analyst and a Spanish interpreter.

In 1994, David enrolled in the Corps of Cadets and Army ROTC program at Virginia Tech. David majored in Spanish and minored in Leadership. David was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the Army Reserves upon his graduation from Virginia Tech. David’s passion for city planning and economic revitalization led him to study City & Regional Planning at Cornell University. David later graduated from the Officer Basic Course and the Advanced Course for Military Intelligence.

While working as a City Planner and Assistant to City Manager in Roanoke, Virginia, David served as a Company Commander and Battalion Staff Officer in Training and Drill Instruction units in the Army Reserves. In 2005, David was called to duty as an Intelligence Officer for the Civilian Police Training Team in Operation Iraqi Freedom. David earned the Bronze Star for his service. 

In 2007, David was hired as President & CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. During his tenure, David led the revitalization of Raleigh’s center city into a thriving center of innovation in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. 

In February 2018, David was hired as the Vice President of Regional Operations where he brings together his passion for helping veterans with his expertise in community building and neighborhood revitalization.