Treehuggers International

Tribute to David Rodriguez, 1959 – 2009

August 8th, 2009

Treehuggers International presents a special, encore presentation of our interview with David Rodriguez, who died of complications from diabetes on July 1st in Washington D.C., where he’d been serving as the Director of Communications and External Affairs for the National American Indian Housing Council. At the time of his appearance on Treehuggers International, David was in his sixth year at the Urban Corps of San Diego, where he was the Director of Administration and Grant Development.

David’s appearance on Treehuggers International was originally broadcast March 9, 2008.

A fan of FM 94/9, David grew up in the San Diego County outdoors learning to appreciate, value, and protect the environment, and he ably brought his knack for community organization and stewardship together with his passion for the environment at the Urban Corps of San Diego, which continues work at Chollas Creek, long a project of David’s, who also served as the Political Director for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the CEO of the Native American Corporate America Business Conference during his long career of community leadership in San Diego.

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  1. Hello. I’m reaching out to all friends, family & associates of David Rodriguez for you help. I was friends of David when he was working for the Urban Corps of San Diego and kept in touch with him after he moved to Washington D.C. It wasn’t until years later through extensive searching on the internet that I learned of his passing.

    I’ve tried every possible way to find out where he was laid to rest so I could pay my respects but have all but given up due to no leads. With his (and my) birthday, (February 8) coming up, I thought I’d try one last time to see if anyone can tell me where he was buried. I’m assuming it is in San Diego as that is where he was from but I haven’t had any luck locating his parents or other family as his last name is a very common one.

    If anyone would have any information at all, I would greatly appreciate it. You can reach me at (619) 512-3475 or via email at


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