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David Malcolm

PresidentCal West Apartments

San Diego, CA

Member Since August 2023


David Malcolm’s professional evolution includes an enviable real estate career, significant public and community service, and philanthropy with an emphasis on education. He has more than 50 years’ experience in real estate. During that time, he personally handled sales, acquisitions and loan negotiations in excess of $4 billion. At one point, he had exclusive rights to Rally’s hamburgers in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties with 40 locations and more than 1,000 employees. Today, he is President of Cal West Apartments, a trusted provider of quality rental housing in San Diego and South Riverside counties. David’s public service includes serving as a City of Chula Vista Councilmember for 10 years, the longest-tenured member of the California Coastal Commission (12 years), a Port of San Diego Commissioner and a charter member of the California Judicial Performance Commission created through a state ballot measure. He has served on numerous public company Boards of Directors and served his community on the Boards of Directors of the American Cancer Society San Diego, Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at San Diego State University, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and South Bay Family YMCA. He has a keen focus on helping the homeless reenter society having served on the St. Vincent de Paul Management (a subsidiary of Father Joe’s Villages) Board for 32 years. His philanthropy comes from a passion for sharing his success with a focus on education. He has supported the San Diego Foundation’s Community Scholars Initiative, been on the Board of the San Diego Christian College and established the David Malcolm Scholarship to assist outstanding students who have overcome personal challenges. He and his wife Annie have two grown sons and live in La Jolla.

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Cal West Apartments

Company bio

Cal West Apartments is a long-time builder and operator of quality rental housing properties in San Diego County (San Marcos, Encinitas, La Jolla and South Bay) and southern Riverside County (Temecula). Over the past five decades, the company’s founders have proudly owned and managed their growing communities. All of Cal West’s properties offer highly desirable rental housing featuring contemporary amenities. On the operations side, a team of highly skilled individuals oversee the day-to-day operations. They are supported by IT systems that help increase efficiency and decrease costs. For renters, the option to make rental payments online and amenities such as mobile-phone-enabled laundry rooms make residential life more attuned to today’s fast-paced environment. As a company committed to bettering its communities, Cal West supports a number of organizations and philanthropic causes in southern California. From donating the lead gift to build a new football stadium for San Diego State University, to helping complete San Diego Symphony’s permanent outdoor venue, to funding free admission for all active-duty military to the San Diego Zoo, Cal West remains dedicated to the maintaining and improving quality of life in our region.


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