David is a natural resource and environmental planner with over three decades of public and private sector experience in natural resource planning and green infrastructure conservation design. He has authored landmark publications and directed numerous coastal, wetland, watershed, and land conservation programs and projects. In June of 2003, David founded Burke Environmental Associates (BEA) as an independent environmental and natural resources consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland. Since establishing BEA, David has been engaged in a wide variety of special investigations and reports, land conservation projects and watershed planning consulting services for NGOs, State and Federal government agencies.
Prior to this, during David’s 23-year tenure with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he developed and managed the state’s Non-tidal Wetlands regulatory program; led major programs responsible for Chesapeake Bay restoration and public lands planning; and was the principal architect and coordinator for a precedent setting statewide green infrastructure-based approach to land conservation (Green Print). David was honored with the prestigious National Wetlands Award for achievements in protecting Maryland’s wetlands from the Environmental Law Institute and EPA. He also received a National Planning Award for Outstanding Planning – conferred by the American Planning Association; and the American Greenways Kodak Award for Maryland Green Print Program – presented to Governor Parris N. Glendening and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Green Infrastructure; large landscape conservation; wetlands; sustainability certification; watershed management; natural resource protection and program development.
Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado, College of Environmental Design; Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Geography major), University of Denver.
American Institute of Certified Planners; Executive Management Certifications from Harvard University, JFK School of Government; University of Maryland, Government Executive Institute.