The SLO County APCD is very excited to introduce our newest team member, David Cardiel!

As an Air Quality Specialist in the Monitoring Division, David is responsible for inspecting and maintaining the air monitoring network to ensure the data collected is valid and accurate. This important task allows the incoming air pollution measurements to be displayed timely to inform the public of potential air quality impacts.

David Cardiel grew up in Camarillo, CA and later attended high school in Templeton. After he graduated from high school, his love of being up in the air took him to college in Florida where he earned his commercial pilots license as well as his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate – talk about seeing blue skies from a different perspective. He has lived on both the East and West Coast, but his short time in Templeton had him hooked on the Central Coast and always wanted to return. Before coming to SLO County APCD, David worked at an environmental firm where he did air quality emissions testing and for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in Bakersfield. In fact, some of our staff got to know David because he was the CARB staff in charge of maintaining the air quality monitoring stations in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. David comes to the APCD with tons of hands-on experience in monitoring and over 10 years in the environmental field.

In his free time, David enjoys fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), hiking, camping and mountain biking.

Fun Fact: David and his wife own a farm in Paso Robles with chickens, horses, turkeys, sheep, dogs and a cat!

Welcome to the team, David!