David Christy is the public affairs officer for Central California. His official office location is Folsom, but he works for the four field office managers of Folsom, Hollister, Bishop and Bakersfield, so his unofficial office is his car. He joined BLM in June 2006 to fill the critical public affairs position that has been vacant since Larry Mercer died of cancer several years ago.
He provides support for the Central California Resource Advisory Council, works with the media and elected officials and keeps the managers aware of issues and concerns.
David grew up in Tulelake, California and has a bachelor's degree in anthropology, with studies in Scotland, Mexico and Greece. His humble beginnings include being a chicken feed mill operator and a horseradish farmer. He worked in the media as natural resources editor for the Klamath Falls Herald & News, editor of Water Digest magazine and a free-lance writer.
David joined the federal government when his wife, Barbara, was transferred to the Forest Service Regional Office in San Francisco. He was hired as a public affairs officer with the Department of Energy dealing with issues about Lawrence Livermore Laboratory projects, nuclear fuel shipments and plutonium. His most recent position before joining BLM was as the public affairs officer for the Western Area Power Administration regional office in Folsom.
David is an avid scuba diver and holds a master diver certificate. "I tried sky diving --- once," he says, and enjoys just about anything outdoors away from a computer.
David and Barbara live in Folsom with their 16-pound cat, LB.