Dave Greenspan has seen how the economy has affected this region. Dave wants to help Northeast Ohio reclaim those days of innovation, growth, and prosperity. At the core of his beliefs are the traits and values instilled in him by his hard-working, middle-class family. Dave learned at a young age that perseverance, hard work, and commitment to your family and community is a life well-lived. Dave believes that Northeast Ohio the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
When asked why he wanted to serve as an elected official, Dave said:
"I want to use my experience, enthusiasm and time to bring fair common sense & inclusive representation for our State. It will give me great satisfaction knowing that I made a difference for my constituents and community and that I made a stand for what is right."
Dave was elected to the inaugural City Council for the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs is Atlanta’s second largest city and Georgia’s seventh with a population of almost 100,000 residents. Dave’s most fulfilling accomplishments in Sandy Springs were establishing the Fire and Police Departments, working with the City Manager and Finance Director to develop the City’s first Fund Balance Reserve Policy and to direct a strategic partnership with the Board of Education on a Recreation and Parks initiative that expanded the City’s parks program.
He was again elected to an inaugural governmental body in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 – as a Council member for Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Cuyahoga County is the most populous county in the State of Ohio and the 29th county in the country (est. 1,300,000 residents). Dave served as Chairman of the Finance and Budgeting Committee. Under his leadership, the County adopted a $3 billion biennial Operating Budget that is balanced, does not raise taxes or increase debt while growing the County’s rainy day fund.
Dave graduated from Troy University in Alabama on a Leadership Scholarship where he earned a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
Dave worked hard to build a career in finance and operational management. His career progressed with increased responsibilities from a staff accountant to Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. No stranger to hard work, Dave has held leadership positions with the Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting, Turner Media Consultants, and the PGA TOUR Radio Network. Currently, Dave is a small business owner and Chief Executive Officer of Green Elk Consulting Services, a consulting company that focuses on emerging/start-up ventures and turn-around business entities. His colleagues credit him with being the financial backbone of emerging businesses and ensuring the financial integrity of both private and publicly traded companies.
Dave understands how the private sector works to create value for our communities through jobs and economic development as well as what citizens need from their government. He continues to utilize this knowledge in Columbus and work diligently to develop and revitalize our economy and our neighborhoods. Dave will develop ways to spur innovation, growth, and entrepreneurship, all while ensuring that Columbus stays fiscally responsible. Dave works together with our educators to ensure that our children are prepared for college, vocational training, and the workforce. By doing this, we will be able to eliminate the skills gap that challenges our region.
Dave is married with three children and is active in their education, extracurricular activities, and civic organizations.