Member Profile: David Cavazos
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix
Where are you originally from?
Born in Chicago, IL and raised in the suburb of Des Plaines, IL.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
My earliest memory as a three year old was the death of President Kennedy. As I grew older, I aspired to public service as a way to help people. For me, local
government affords the greatest opportunity to positively impact the community.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy working with my colleagues, elected officials, and business and community leaders on challenges facing our community. For example, the new Downtown
Arizona State University Campus will provide educational opportunities for thousands of students and economic vitality in the heart of our city.
What areas of local government interest you the most?
My greatest interest is in the areas of Planning and Development and direct services to the public such as Water and Aviation.
As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am very proud of the work we have done at the City to foster and support the development of small business. I was the City's first Small Business Assistance
Manager in 1994. Recently, we established the new Office of Customer Advocacy in Development Services to help small businesses with adaptive re-use and
challenging commercial developments.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
While in graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, I was walking by a statue of Andrew Carnegie and an inscription that read, "My heart is in the work." I
took this as great advice in devoting time and effort to what you are passionate about and believe in with all your heart.