David Stuart is the Executive Director/CEO of the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum (in Micke Grove Regional Park, Lodi). Dave grew up in Ripon and while attending Modesto Junior College he worked seasonally at Caswell Memorial State Park between Ripon and Manteca. He met his future wife at MJC—she was from Patterson. Dave became more and more interested in California history and prehistory, so he worked his way through Fresno State and then graduate school at the University of Colorado, majoring in anthropology.
Dave was the first Assistant State Archaeologist of Colorado and he was an archaeologist and park planner for the National Park Service. He was headquartered in Denver, but worked on national park master plans and other projects in Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missouri, Washington, and other states.
Returning to California in 1983, Dave managed three history museums and a variety of natural history programs for the City of Ventura. He moved back to northern California in 1988 and became Director of the Sacramento Science Center. In the 1990s Dave led the effort to merge the science museum with the history museum in Old Sacramento, creating the Discovery Museum. Dave directed the Discovery Museum through 1996.
For ten years Dave worked for the California community colleges—first as the chief operations officer of the Faculty Association, then as the VP of Operations for the new Foundation for California Community Colleges, the nonprofit auxiliary for the system of 109 colleges.