David Hampsten is a Greensboro community organizer and transportation activist. He helped create the local Bikesboro community group and was appointed to the Greensboro Transit Authority board in 2017. He has over 25 years experience in community activism and urban planning.
David Hampsten first became exposed to urban design and shaping cities at the tender age of 9 while exploring England in 1977. By the age of 10 he was a confirmed urban design addict when he attended his first public meeting in his hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He went on to get a geography BA from the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1991, a geography MA from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Oregon's Portland SU in 2003. During and after school he worked as a transportation planner and GIS technician for various agencies.
After being laid-off during the Great Recession in 2008, he volunteered in East Portland, an economically depressed area, helping that diverse community secure over $200 million new street, sidewalk, and bikeway funding. He experienced first-hand the impacts of gentrification there and was a victim of involuntary economic displacement, moving to Greensboro in 2015.