David Bio

David M. Roth
Candidate for the 45th Congressional District

David Malcolm Roth is the third-generation son of Russian and Scottish immigrants who arrived in America via Ellis Island and whose families eventually made their way to Southern California where David was born. David’s mother, Johnnie Mae MacNaughton Roth, was a Minister from Greenville, Texas and his Jewish Father, Richard Roth from Dufur, Oregon, is the retired Director of Counseling for Los Angeles Unified School District. David’s family was loving, supportive and ethnically and religiously diverse – and gave him real-life training in diplomacy and the importance of listening and understanding while staying true to one’s own values. David’s first job was as a Junior Ranger at Mt. San Jacinto State Park, at the top of the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway where today stands a memorial bench honoring his mother.

David earned his B.A. in Public Policy in 1991 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. During his college years David worked as a Ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and also spent an influential year as an intern to Congressman Les AuCoin of Oregon, focusing on education, environmental, trade, and Veterans’ issues. While in D.C., David learned first-hand what a noble responsibility it is to work each day on behalf of the people and to do so with every bit of his energy and integrity. Upon graduation, David served as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Reed College from 1992-1994 and founded the Take Charge Program designed to increase college attendance for traditionally under-represented students from Southern California. In 1995, David came home to California and took on the challenge of Executive Director for a new not-for-profit organization, College Marketplace — a public school classroom-based college-prep program serving Latino and African-American students. Years later, David merged this program with the larger, not-for-profit, Fulfillment Fund. He became their Director of Education and Government Affairs where he developed partnerships with local business leaders, public officials, school administrators, philanthropists, and celebrities to improve the quality of education.

In 2000, David earned his M.A. in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and was appointed by then Speaker of the California Assembly, Antonio Villaraigosa, to the California Student Aid Commission as a Commissioner representing all Californians in the administration of an annual financial aid budget of over $7 billion. David served as the youngest elected Chairman of this State Commission and continues to serve as Commissioner today.

Also in the year 2000, at the direction of former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, David co-founded the Pathways to College Network, a national program aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented young people who graduate high school and attend institutions of higher education. David’s education policy and advocacy expertise is sought after by policy makers, institutions of learning, and organizations throughout California, the U.S., and in some the world’s newest democracies, including Micronesia, Namibia, Serbia & Montenegro and the Republic of Palau.

David also served as Deputy to the President at one of the nation’s most ethnically and economically diverse liberal arts institutions, Occidental College, where he developed partnerships with local, national and international leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, business leaders and community advocates. During 2002-2003 David and his wife spent a remarkable year living and working in Namibia at the request of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). David was Chief of Party for an international collaborative to bring alternatively fueled technology to rural school and communities. David worked with Occidental College from 2000 until this past December, when he stepped down in order to devote his time to this historic campaign.

David’s decision to run for Congress was inspired in part by his family’s legacy of service to the United States. David’s Grandfather, Albert Roth, worked as translator for the CIA for over 30 years and his uncle, Major General Theodore Bedwell, served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. David’s father Richard served our nation in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Tired of watching as the people of the 45th District failed to receive the representation in Congress they need and deserve, David and his family made the decision to devote their energy to letting people know they have another – better – choice. David understands that serving his country is a noble calling and he will work in Washington with an energy, intelligence, and commitment unseen in these communities for many years; he will be present in the communities he serves in a way we have not seen from our current representative at all.

The 45th Congressional District is immense – running from the California-Arizona desert border town of Blythe, to the farmlands and burgeoning cities of the Coachella Valley, over the mountain to Temecula’s vineyards, Idyllwild and Hemet, and on to Moreno Valley. As Congressman, David will push to expand commerce in all these areas that must keep pace with the needs of our growing communities. He will be a strong advocate for education and actively involved in the expansion of our region’s higher education infrastructures, including the establishment of the first four-year residential college here in the District.

David understands the place we call home is unique because of its natural beauty and appeal to people from all over the world seeking sun, relaxation, or a wonderful new place to call home. David recognizes the importance of education, the arts, and tourism not only in terms of their economic significance – but their necessary role in the future growth and the vibrancy of our communities.

David married Anita Marie Price in Yosemite Valley in 1997. Anita grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley earning Highest Honors for her B.A. in Sociology. Together they have lived, worked, studied, and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, learning first-hand the challenges faced by a wide range of people and communities. Together they own a small business – an education consulting firm serving a number of local and national not-for-profit organizations.

Today, David, Anita, and their nine-month-old daughter Alivia Mae Adanech live in La Quinta, where David is the 2006 Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 45th Congressional District of California.