California Association of Community Managers

President & CEO

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With more than 21 years' experience in the executive management of regional associations, David Zepponi joined CACM in 2014 after serving as President of the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) in Portland, Oregon.

Complementing his executive management background is his strong financial and entrepreneurial experience that includes owning his own marketing/distribution company and working at Deloitte & Touche as a managing consultant in San Francisco. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree, and has been an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Oregon Society of Association Executives (OSAM).

During his 17-year tenure at NWFPA, Dave was responsible for the organization’s legislative and regulatory affairs and worked within the state legislative process. He also facilitated more than 40 annual meetings and events and employed a strategic planning approach that ensured association activities focused on building a globally competitive business environment for members.

Of his own admission, Dave strongly believes in being a custodian of the members he serves and takes pride in helping them achieve professional development and find quality jobs. This dedication to members’ growth is evidenced by his experience building and implementing education and certification programs. He conceived of and established the Food Research and Education Institute (FREDI), a novel training and member engagement platform designed to support Oregon, Washington and Idaho communities and enhance the way Northwest food businesses and suppliers work together. He also helped create an online continuing education program complemented by in-person talks and training meetings.  

Born a Southern California native, Dave was raised in Northern California in the Sacramento area and spent much of his youth in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa working in his family’s vineyard and winery.