Before Dave Norris was elected Mayor in 2008 he was voted onto City Council in May 2006 on a platform that focused on four key issues:
- Creating affordable housing for renters and homebuyers
- Enhancing educational opportunities for children and adults
- Fighting poverty and reducing racial disparities in our community
- Promoting environmental sustainability in local and regional planning
Since moving to Charlottesville in 1995, Dave has been very involved in efforts to enhance the quality of life in our community. In his professional life as a non-profit director, in his civic life as an advocate for affordable housing, social justice and the environment, and in his personal life as a father of two wonderful children (Eli and Chloe), he has enjoyed being an active member of the Charlottesville community.
Dave currently works as Executive Director of The Charlottesville Institute. In previous positions, he's served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, Executive Director of PACEM, Associate Director of Madison House, Interim Director of PHAR (the Public Housing Association of Residents), founding Director of the Connecting People to Jobs Initiative (a joint venture between PHAR and Piedmont Virginia Community College), and Coordinator of the Virginia Economic Development Corporation's Micro Loan Program for low-income, minority and female entrepreneurs.
Over the years, Dave has been honored to serve on a number of Boards and Commissions, including:
- Charlottesville Redevelopment & Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
- MACAA (Monticello Area Community Action Agency) Board of Directors
- PHAR Advisory Board
- Piedmont Housing Alliance Board of Directors
- Westhaven Nursing Clinic Coalition
- Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless
- JABA (Jefferson Area Board of Aging) 2020 Community Plan for Aging
Dave is also the proud founder of the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival, which draws thousands of people to downtown Charlottesville each year to eat good food and support local businesses & organizations committed to peace, ecology and natural health.
Dave is a 1997 graduate of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Charlottesville" program and a 2003 graduate of the Quality Community Council's "Explorations in Excellence" leadership development program. He was named one of the "Distinguished Dozen" by the Daily Progress for 2005 and was honored as "Virginia Citizen of the Year" (for his work with PACEM) in 2005 by the Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
On a personal note, Dave was born into a military family at Fort Belvoir, VA, in 1970 and spent much of his childhood in and around Northern Virginia. After graduating from high school in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1987, he received a B.A. in Politics & History from Curry College in Milton, MA, and an M.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary. Following a brief stint working in state government in Richmond, he moved to Charlottesville in 1995 and has lived in various parts of the city ever since.
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To contact a Council member, you can send an e-mail to the Clerk of Council, or mail a letter to P.O. Box 911, City Hall, Charlottesville, VA, 22902, or call (434) 970-3113 .