Elected: August 2014
Current term: expires in 2018

Office: 480-350-8510
Fax: 480-350-8996
Email: david_schapira@tempe.gov
Facebook: /davidforaz
Twitter: @dschapira

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280

Assistant: Sharon McKenna
Office: 480-350-8545
Email: sharon_mckenna@tempe.gov

Council Meetings

Formal City Council Meeting Agenda, Action Summary and Minutes

Council Committees Agenda, Action Summary and Minutes

Executive Session Agenda

Issue Review Session Agenda, Action Summary and Minutes

Board & Commission Meetings

About Councilmember Schapira


David Schapira was elected to the Tempe City Council in August 2014.

The Schapira family came to Arizona in 1944. David was born in west Mesa and first moved to Tempe in 1984. David and his wife, Rosemary, a Tempe educator, live in central Tempe where they are raising their two young daughters, Elliot and Sydney.

David has dedicated his life to improving his community. In high school, he was a leader in the Kiwanis youth group, Key Club. David, a cancer survivor, has also volunteered with the American Cancer Society. He is on the board of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and is also active with various other non-profits and service initiatives.

Professional Life

Professionally, he has worked as a high school teacher, a school administrator, an ASU instructor and a small-business owner. For the last four years, David has served as the Assistant Superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, a public school district that offers high quality career and technical education to students across the East Valley.

Community Service

Public service has also been a significant part of David’s life. In 2006, he was first elected to represent Tempe in the Arizona House of Representatives. After four productive years in the House, he was elected to the Senate and selected by his peers to serve as Arizona’s Senate Minority Leader. Most recently, David was a member of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.

In 2012, The Arizona Republic named David as one of “Tempe’s Exemplary People,” acknowledging his commitment to the community he serves. The Republic had previously recognized him as a “Lawmaker Who Made a Difference” and as an “Emerging Leader Worth Watching.” The Arizona Student Association, American Cancer Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the League of Cities and Towns, the Arizona Technology Council and the East Valley Tribune have also recognized David for his service to the community.

David’s career has focused on improving education in our community. As a member of the Tempe City Council, he looks to partner with local school districts, non-profit organizations and private businesses to increase access to educational opportunity for all Tempe students.