Community Development Director

Meet Interim Community Development Director 
David Crabtree

David Crabtree was selected as the Interim Community Development Director in March 2023 to fill the vacancy created after longtime Community Development Director Joann Lombardo retired. David brings extensive experience in land use, zoning, and community development working at several municipalities in the region.

David retired from the City of Brea in December 2019 as its Community Development Director after a 35-year career in municipal government. During his time with Brea, he was an integral part of the leadership team that worked through the redevelopment of Brea’s downtown during the 1990s and its emphasis on economic development, attracting and retaining business in Brea, and finding workforce housing solutions for the community. He was also involved with the City’s critical look at balancing growth in its hillside areas and creating new mixed-use opportunities as part of Brea’s comprehensive update to its General Plan.

Most recently, he has completed interim director assignments at the cities of Buena Park, La Habra, and Fountain Valley.

Education and Affiliations
David holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Arizona State University with an emphasis in land use and urban studies with postgraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and California State University, Fullerton.