David Abel, Managing Director

David Abel is the Managing Director of NSBN. David has served as chairman of State Assembly Speaker Hertzberg's Blue Ribbon Commission to Consider Reforms of California's Initiative Process; on Speaker's Hertzberg's Commission on Regionalism; chaired former Assembly Speaker Villaraigosa's Commission on State/Local Government Finance Reform; and was a member of the Independent Review Panel - Finance Options -of the Bay Delta Authority. He is also an original investor and corporate board member of SuperShuttle International, Inc. He presently serves, in addition to his work with TPL, on a number of civic and community boards of directors, including: the California Center for Regional Leadership, L.A. County Economic Development Corporation, Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at USC, USC's Master in Public Policy Board of Councilors, Urban Education Partnership, Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative, New Village Charter School, St. Anne's, and Grand Performances. He is presently a visiting lecturer on regionalism at UCSD. He has been both a Fellow and the Director of the Coro Foundation's Fellows Program, as well as a fellow of the Robert Kennedy Memorial and the Institute for Educational Leadership. In addition to his law (Boston University) and doctoral work in educational administration (Harvard University), his collegiate background includes an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College, study at the London School of Economics, and a Master's in Urban Studies degree from Occidental College. David can be reached via email at