David J. Fike, PhD became Golden Gate University's seventh President in August of 2015. Dr. Fike has served as an elected official in Kensington, California, from 1994 to 1998. He has held numerous appointed positions on boards and commissions, including the BioScience Workforce Advisory Team for the City of Oakland, the Life Sciences Task Force of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the Bay Area's Community Capital Investment Initiative, the Community Reinvestment Subcommittee of Alameda County's Economic Development Advisory Board, the City of Oakland's Sustainable Community Development Commission, the BayTEC Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of AnewAmerica Community Corporation, and the Board of Directors of the Chabot Space and Science Center. As an economist specializing in capital markets and urban economic development, Dr. Fike has provided consulting services and research in the areas of economic revitalization, sustainable community development practices, capital access in underserved markets, and strategic decision-making. His clients have included the City of Oakland, and the Community Bank of the Bay, the first de novo community development bank in the western United States. In 1995, Dr. Fike was granted a prestigious Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. As a fellow, he investigated innovative public/private partnerships designing sustainable development strategies for low-income urban communities. He has presented on the topics of socially responsible investing, economic revitalization and community development. Dr. Fike holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.