David De La Torre
Community Organizing Planner
David joined Astig Planning, LLC as a Community Organizing Planner in 2019. He believes that communities are resilient and that an effective planning process is one where their voices are centered and efforts enhanced. That is the perspective he is bringing as a co-lead in the Coralville Flood Resilience Action Plan (FRAP) and other planning projects.
David has a background in social justice and expertise in organizing. He was the field organizer for the Julián Castro presidential campaign in Iowa City. David has also supported a number of political, housing, food access, and labor campaigns and worked with organizations in these areas as a community volunteer. As an intern, he assisted workers obtain justice in wage theft cases at the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa.
In addition to his formal training in History, David has cultivated an ethos of community engagement from working with people in both urban and rural settings. In 2018, he integrated these values into designing and teaching a course where he advised college students in history research while engaging communities. He has implemented diverse engagement styles with students as he has taught art and physical education at an elementary school in Nicaragua and held socratic seminars and after school programs at a high school in Philadelphia.
David values community expertise, networks, collaborations, and storytelling at the heart of planning. He co-founded a community based capacity building organization Bridging South Central Communities in Los Angeles with those values in mind. He now calls Iowa home and loves photography and the occasional canela flavored coffee while working on a collection of short stories and essays.
Bachelors Degree, History
California State University Los Angeles
Masters Degree, Urban & Regional Planning
University of Iowa