David Muraki was appointed director of the California Conservation Corps by Governor Schwarzenegger in May 2007. He is the first CCC director to have served previously as a staff member, including a period where he spent more than 60 weeks living out of a tent, supervising three trail crews in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.
"David will bring a vital combination of experience and knowledge to the position," said Governor Schwarzenegger, in announcing the appointment. "I look forward to working with him to continue the California Conservation Corps' legacy of developing young Californians through service to the environment."
David Muraki most recently served as deputy director for California Volunteers, formerly the California Service Corps, an agency he worked for in various capacities since 1996. As deputy director, he led public policy efforts and managed AmeriCorps national service and disaster volunteer programs. He was also the architect of a statewide system matching volunteers with the organizations that need them, an initiative of the Governor and First Lady.
First Lady Maria Shriver commended his efforts. "David, your leadership and vision has made the world of service and volunteerism accessible to all Californians," she wrote in a June 2007 letter. "Additionally, your innovative ideas in the policy arena have not only allowed service and volunteerism to increase in this state, but also in the nation."
Prior to his service with California Volunteers, David worked for the California Conservation Corps. He began his CCC career on January 22,1978 as a crew supervisor and remained with the Corps until 1996, serving in numerous positions, including center administrator for the Del Norte Center; director of development; and manager of the Planning and Quality Assurance Division.
In 1979, he started the CCC's renowned Backcountry Trails Program, which he headed for 10 years. In its first 28 years, the program has fielded 139 trail crews that have maintained and constructed 7,735 miles of trail in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Redwood national parks as well as in five of the state's national forests.
While at the Del Norte Center, David founded the salmon and steelhead restoration program that received the Robert Rodale/Renew America Award for top fisheries conservation program in the nation and the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
Before joining the CCC, David worked as a program coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at Claremont McKenna College and as a senior instructor with the Yosemite Institute.
David has a bachelor's degree in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of California, Davis. He is a member of America's Service Commissions Board and a former member of Sacramento's Child Abuse Prevention Council.
David and his wife, Judy, have three children and reside in Placer County.