David Foster is a Dallas native and has lived in Austin since 1983. Foster lived for several years in Europe, speaks fluent German and passable French, and received an MA in Modern European History in 1989. He went to work for Clean Water Action in 1995, and became its Texas Program Director in 2004, and coordinates Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund's public outreach to numerous Texas communities, elected officials, and regulatory agencies.
Foster also served as Executive Director of Trans Texas Alliance, a statewide transportation reform group, from 2001-2003, successfully implementing a TXDOT pedestrian safety grant. He has served on the boards of many nonprofits, including Envision Central Texas, Liveable City and the Alliance for Public Transportation. He and his wife Virginia have two grown children and three grand children.