David Colgan

Director of Communications

(818) 203-2858

300 La Kretz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496


David Colgan is a writer and creative director with a background in policy, law and politics. He came to IoES to bring environmental issues to a broader audience, with a goal of effecting positive changes in public policy, business and community life. His work is animated by the belief that many seemingly-complex issues are—at their core—human and relatable, affecting the world and all who live here.

At IoES, he heads up the creative and technical communications team. He emphasizes fact-based reporting, transparency and optimistic storytelling with a range of written and visual media. His team actively engages external writers and publications, connecting them to experts, stories and information of interest to their audiences. They leverage social media, technology and the energy of the UCLA community to amplify the institute’s work.

Prior to joining UCLA, David worked for Los Angeles County for six years—the bulk of which was spent as a deputy for former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, where he wrote public interest stories and handled various policy and community issues, including justice and public transportation. His reporting there was republished in numerous print, radio and television news outlets.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a juris doctorate from University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He co-authored The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet with IoES faculty member Magali Delmas (in print July 2018). He lives with his daughter in Sherman Oaks and spends his free time hiking, exploring the cultural landscape and enjoying L.A.’s modern renaissance.


The Green Bundle

The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet

Green Bundle The market for green products has expanded rapidly over the last decade, but most consumers need something more than eco-benefits to motivate their purchases. The Green Bundle, a new book by Magali Delmas, offers strategies to reach a vast, largely untapped consumer market. Green Bundle Book Site The market for green products has...