David Colgan
David Colgan

Communications Consultant

David Colgan is a writer and creative director with a background in policy, law and politics. With a focus on fact-based reporting, strategy and optimistic storytelling, his work is animated by the belief that many seemingly-complex issues are — at their core — human and relatable, affecting the world and all who live here.

He has served as creative and strategic advisor to Zeer since its founding, and heads up a creative and technical communications team at UCLA's environmental institute — producing original content and actively engaging external writers and publications, connecting them to experts, stories and information of interest to their audiences.

David previously worked for Los Angeles County for six years — the bulk of which was spent as a deputy for former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, where he wrote public interest stories and handled various policy and community issues, including justice and public transportation. His reporting there was republished in numerous print, radio and television news outlets.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a juris doctorate from University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He co-produces the PBS environmental news show Sustaining US, which won multiple Golden Mike awards in its first season. He also co-authored multiple award-winning book The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet, and is currently writing a children’s book about a squirrel.