David De La Torre is a third generation Laborer who began his career by joining local 261 in February of 1991. He worked as a general laborer for several general contractors until working for Swinerton Builders, where he worked in several capacities as a general laborer, laborer foreman, assistant superintendent and then as a superintendent.

David’s responsibilities as an officer for Local 261 increased throughout the years. He began as an auditor, executive board member, recording secretary and now as secretary treasurer. David also sits on other industry related boards. He is the current president of the APRI San Francisco Chapter, trustee to the San Mateo Building Trades Council, delegate to the Northern California District Council of Laborers, San Francisco and San Mateo Labor Councils, San Francisco and San Mateo Building Trades Councils and was appointed by Speaker Toni G. Atkins as commissioner to the Contractors’ State Licensing Board (CSLB.)

David’s vision for the Laborers Local 261 in the future is for it to be the model that all local building trade unions emulate by being the most progressive, innovative local union priding itself on member engagement and mobilizing efforts creating greater job opportunities for its membership.