David Rousseau


David Rousseau

David Rousseau is a fourth-generation Arizonan whose family—drawn by the promise of irrigated agriculture—arrived there in the late 1800's. Rousseau’s great-grandfather, LD Rousseau, served on the original Salt River Project (SPR) council, which successfully petitioned the federal government to build Roosevelt Dam under the newly adopted Reclamation Act.

The Rousseau family history parallels SRP's role through the evolution of metropolitan Phoenix, growing from farm fields to the sixth-largest city in the U.S. A constant has been family involvement in the Valley's agriculture industry and in SRP governance. David's father, Bill Rousseau, served on the SRP board in the 1970's.

Rousseau was raised on the family farm and feedlot on the Valley's west side. Graduating from Tolleson High School and then the University of Arizona with a degree in agricultural business, he started work as a loan officer in Napa, CA. He then returned home to form the Rousseau Farming Company with his brother, Will, in 1986. The operation grew to become one of the largest produce companies in Central Arizona, with over 10,000 acres and more than 20 commodities.

After serving on the SRP council and board for 20 years, Rousseau was elected SRP president in 2010. A highlight, both personally and professionally, his first year in office was to oversee the commemoration of Roosevelt Dam's first century. In his role as president, he continues SRP's tradition of putting customers first.

Rousseau has had the unique opportunity to blend his background in food with an interest in improving the community by helping those less fortunate through charitable service on the boards of St. Mary’s Food Bank, New Pathways for Youth, Foundation for Blind Children, the Phoenix Art Museum, and The Nature Conservancy. He also represents SRP's important role in the Arizona economy with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves as the 2015 Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chair, and also is involved with energy industry policy making through the American Public Power Association.

Rousseau is married to his college sweetheart, Diane. His daughter, Darby, graduated from the University of Oregon and is now teaching in Washington, D.C. through Teach for America. His son, Rankin, is a senior who plays football and wrestles at Valley Lutheran High School.