David Abel, President & CEO of ABL, Incorporated, publishes: The Planning Report and The Metro Investment Report, focusing on land use and public infrastructure investments in LA County and beyond; and the VerdeXchange News, which focuses on clean energy and sustainable technologies. For the last 14 years, David has leveraged his professional experience and interests in civic affairs, clean & renewable energy, water technologies, last mile transportation, urban planning, blue-tech, and sustainability to also create the VerdeXchange Institute – an environmental think tank and host of annual, global, clean tech and renewable energy conference that focuses on what is: in-market; about-to-be in-market; and needed in-market in the global, clean and green economy.

He presently serves on the executive & governing board of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; on the Advisory Boards of both ULI-LA and USC Center’s for Sustainability Solutions; as well as the board of New Village Girls Academy. David has been a corporate board member of both Western Water and SuperShuttle; and served as an appointee of the Los Angeles City Controller on Los Angeles Unified School District’s School Bond Citizen’s Oversight Committee and as a public board member of AIA-LA.

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He lectured on regionalism at UC San Diego for twelve years and served for eight years as Chair of the Board of Overseers of USC’s School of Public Policy. By appointment, he also served as chair of State Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg’s Blue Ribbon Commission to Consider Reforms of California’s Initiative Process; Speaker’s Hertzberg’s Commission on Regionalism; and was chair of former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa’s Commission on State/Local Government Finance Reform. He also is a past Director of Coro Southern California and Chair of New Schools Better Neighborhoods.

Mr. Abel has degrees in economics, urban studies, law and educational administration.