David Claycomb

David Claycomb

Northern California Regional Manager & Board Director


When Dave founded HELIX Environmental Planning (HELIX) in 1991, he wanted the company to be committed to certain priorities among them were the development and maintenance of strong relationships excellent service and the provision of high-quality products to clients. These priorities were to be observed at all times without compromise, even to save time or money. These business practices have endured through major transitions and challenging times. Thanks to top-tier leadership and talented staff, HELIX continues to fulfill all of these initial objectives and today’s relationships include many of the company’s earliest clients and teaming partners.


Dave has been proud to see HELIX take its place among California’s most respected and well-established environmental planning firms, and he continues to contribute to its bright future, even though he relinquished the helm in 2008 to follow other pursuits.


In 2011, Dave renewed his day-to-day involvement at HELIX as the Northern California Regional Manager, focused on growing HELIX’s presence in the northern part of the state. Also, he remains a long-term member of the firm’s Board of Directors.


For more than 30 years, Dave has advised clients regarding regulatory requirements and environmentally sensitive siting and design of projects; determining the content and scope of environmental documents; coordinating document review by federal, state, and local agencies and the public; permit preparation and processing; developing mitigation recommendations and mitigation monitoring programs; assisting lead agencies and private clients in meeting statutory or procedural requirements; and preparing environmental documents.


Dave has bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University. He is a travel and cycling enthusiast and has ridden thousands of miles across Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Southwestern U.S. He sits on the Boards of Directors of the San Diego Habitat Conservancy and of Legacies of War, an organization based in Washington, DC with a mission of clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO) from Southeast Asia, in particular the country of Laos. He is a partner in the Tour De Asia Bicycle Touring Company based in Thailand. In 2008 he endowed the David Claycomb Environmental Sciences Scholarship at the University of New Hampshire and in 2009 he was presented the Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Profession Award by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals.


You can reach Dave at DaveC@helixepi.com.