David VanLuven joined the Town Board in January 2016. He previously served on the Bethlehem Comprehensive Plan Assessment Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Conservation. Professionally, David led a variety of programs with nonprofits and state agencies for 20 years, including directing the NY Natural Heritage Program in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and launching The Nature Conservancy’s Hudson River Estuary Program. In these roles, he built strong teams, navigated shifting politics, managed complex budgets, and raised millions through grants and appropriations. Today, David is a strategic planning consultant for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. David and his wife Isabelle Bleecker moved to Delmar in 2001, and have three daughters Catie, Juliette, and Emma in the Bethlehem Central School District. David has a B.A. from Middlebury College with a double major in Religion and Arctic/Alpine Ecology (for which he did his thesis research 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle), and a joint M.S. from Tufts University in Urban/Environmental Policy and Biology.