Councilmember David Benavides
Occupation: Executive Director, KidWorks
Education: Bravo Medical Magnet,
Biola University, B.A.
First Elected: November 2006
Term Expires: November 2018
The fourth of seven children to immigrant parents, David Benavides was born and raised in East Los Angeles. David was the first in his family to go to college. He attended Biola University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. During his college years, he was introduced to KidWorks, a Santa Ana based non-profit organization which focuses on mentoring and empowering at-risk youth and families in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods of Orange County. Initially moving to Santa Ana for an 8-week internship with KidWorks, David later served as Program Director, Board Member, and is currently the Executive Director.
As a Santa Ana Councilmember, David is committed to creating and developing programs aimed at serving Santa Ana’s youth and families. David places a strong emphasis on supporting community revitalization efforts and mobilizing people and resources to Santa Ana in order to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. In addition, David is an active member of the Santa Ana business community. He is both a Realtor and licensed Real Estate Broker. He understands the importance of having a positive business climate to promote investment in our City and is a strong supporter of local business.
Responding to community concerns, David helped establish two neighborhood associations, the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association where he now lives and the Casa Bonita Neighborhood Association which is just north of his own neighborhood. Prior to being elected to office, David was a recipient of the Neighborhood Hero Award presented by the Communication Linkage Forum (Com-Link). He is a recipient of a Santa Ana Community Building Award and has also received an Exceptional Volunteer Recognition from the Santa Ana’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency.
David is a member of the City Council’s Development and Transportation Committee, Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood Improvement/Code Enforcement Committee. As an Alternate Director, David helps represent the City of Santa Ana on the Orange County Sanitation District Board. In addition, David is a Board Member of the Biola University Alumni Association, a member of the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Community Advisory Committee, and a Board Member of the Comunidad Latina Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana.
David is the proud father of Anaís, a creative middle-schooler at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and Aedan, an energetic elemenatry schooler at El Sol Science and Arts Academy. One of his favorite things to do is take his kids on a spin around town on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.