David Metz

David Metz, a Partner in Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), has provided opinion research and strategic guidance to hundreds of non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and political campaigns in over 40 states since joining the firm in 1998.

In 2012, Metz's research helped a diverse variety of campaigns to success at the ballot box around the country. They included Prop 39, a California ballot measure to close a corporate tax loophole and fund clean energy programs; Pre-K for SA, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's ballot measure to fund early childhood education; an independent expenditure campaign to elect Martin Heinrich to the U.S. Senate in New Mexico; a pair of statewide land and water conservation measures in Rhode Island; major local revenue measures in Houston, Portland, Sacramento and Austin; and four members of Congress and nearly a dozen state legislators in California, Washington and Iowa.

Metz has provided research to win some of the nation's most expensive and contentious ballot measure campaigns. These include all of the largest conservation finance measures in national history, including five successful statewide bond measures providing $15 billion to protect land and water in California, as well as major statewide measures in Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Oregon. In 2010 his research helped guide the campaign against California's Proposition 23 to an overwhelming victory with 62 percent of the vote, successfully defending the nation's strongest state law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His research on the issue of “regulatory takings” helped the environmental community reverse a string of ballot measure losses and win five consecutive campaigns in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Metz’s other successful work on ballot measure campaigns has included tobacco prevention (California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Arizona), Indian gaming (Arizona and California), clean energy (California and Washington), early childhood education (Texas and Arizona), arts funding (Oregon and Minnesota), stem cell research (California and Missouri), transportation funding (California and Washington), and political reform (California and Illinois).

Metz has also provided opinion research on key message and policy issues to numerous environmental and conservation organizations, among them The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, Biodiversity Project, Ducks Unlimited, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Wilderness Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sierra Club, and the National Audubon Society.

While at FM3, Metz has also specialized in providing community satisfaction, policy development and ballot measure feasibility surveys for major cities, including Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose.

David Metz received his Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University and his Master's in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley. His writing on politics has appeared in Campaigns & Elections magazine, and in Classifying by Race, an edited volume on the role of race in American politics. Metz may be reached at FM3's Oakland office at (510) 451-9521, or at dave@fm3research.com.