David S. Honda
President, In Unison Foundation
David Honda is a well-known philanthropist and has been dedicated to community service for nearly four decades. He is also President and CEO of D.S. Honda Construction, Inc., of Northridge, California.Mr. Honda chairs an important branch of the Minority Business Development Agency, under the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is an appointee of the 51st District Agricultural Association and has been appointed and reappointed to the San Fernando Valley Fair Board of Directors.
As an Environmental Sustainability advocate, Mr. Honda has been appointed to the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Enforcement Agency by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, to serve the interests of the people of the County of Los Angeles.
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has long been a beneficiary of Mr. Honda’s exemplary volunteerism and patronage. He has served the university in a range of responsibilities, including as a member of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors since 1998. As the foundation’s Chairman from 2000-2002, Mr. Honda helped shape the Foundation’s strategic direction and the university’s philanthropic initiatives.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the North Campus Development Corporation Mr. Honda is involved in the non-profit auxiliary’s mission to develop the university’s North Campus. The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences is indebted to Mr. Honda for his participation in the creation of a Construction Management Technology Degree Program (CMT) at CSUN, which began its accreditation in July 2010. He remains a member of the CMT Advisory Board. Additionally, Mr. Honda funded the David S. Honda Construction Management Technology Endowment to support the program through scholarships, faculty development, and other activities to benefit the curriculum.
Mr. Honda has also been an advocate for change and improvement for the disadvantaged and disabled. He contributed to the Center of Achievement (CoA) for the Physically Disabled in the Department of Kinesiology. The CoA and the Abbott and Linda Brown Western Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy serve the community through therapeutic exercise programs, and bring hope and restoration to people with chronic physical disabilities in a caring, motivating environment.
In recognition of his devoted efforts, Mr. Honda was selected in 2009 to receive the esteemed Fernando Award, the highest award for volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley, supported by the Chambers of Commerce, civic, and philanthropic organizations. The award is given annually to an individual who has displayed a lifetime of volunteering and civic accomplishment. He has been a member of the North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce (NVRCC) since 1999 and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. In 2009 Mr. Honda was honored by the NVRCC with the prestigious C.K. Tseng Leadership Award that is given annually for outstanding community service in the North Valley. He is native of the San Fernando Valley.
In 2000, David served as President of The Asian Business Association of Los Angeles, which represents Asian American business owners and creates business opportunities for its members, as well as training and education. Earlier this year his company assisted the Japanese American National Museum with their project “The Heart Mountain Barracks”, where fragments of the World War II internment camp were brought to Los Angeles from Wyoming and reassembled as an exhibit at the museum. Mr. Honda has held leadership positions and has been active in numerous community organizations, holding Board positions with the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Local Enforcement Agency, Northridge Hospital, and as Co-Chair and Founder of The Valley Economic Alliance. Many non-profit groups have benefited from Mr. Honda’s talents including the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness (GLAD), the City of Los Angeles’ Disabled Access Appeals, and the Tierra del Sol Foundation, which serves the community by enabling individuals with disabilities to establish meaningful and productive lives and to contribute to the economic, cultural, and civic vitality of their communities.
Mr. Honda is also a member of the Rotary Club, the Ameritel Committee, American Heart Association, United Way and he is a resident of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.