David Malcolm

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David Malcolm
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Born (1954-03-31) March 31, 1954 (age 67)
San Rafael, CA
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Christian High School in San Diego
  • CCIM
  • Harvard Business School’s Presidents Program
  • Entrepreneur
  • Real Estate Expert
Years active1972 - present
OrganizationCal West Apartments
Known forPhilanthropic work
Spouse(s)Annie Malcolm

David Malcolm is an American entrepreneur, real estate expert, community leader, and philanthropist.[1] He has over four decades of experience and currently serves as the President of Cal West Apartments in San Diego.[2][3]

Malcolm holds the highest commercial real estate designation (CCIM) in the US and is highly regarded for his work. In his career, Malcolm has worked with a number of high-profile clientele and is known to build close professional relationships with them. Malcolm has served on numerous public and private organizations' Boards of Directors. Public companies include Giant Group (NYSE), Aegis Communications (NASDAQ), ATC Communications (NASDAQ), and Payphone (AMEX).[4]

Malcolm has been featured in several media outlets including Globenewswire, PR Web, Influencive, Ideamensch, Pulse Headlines, SD Metro, La Jolla Light, KUSI News, Vizaca, and others.[5]

Early life and education

Malcolm grew up in a lower-middle-class family but was inclined towards the real-estate industry while he was still in high school. Later he graduated from Harvard Business School's Presidents Program.


Malcolm acquired his real estate license in 1972 and his real estate brokerage license in 1974.

In 1978, he established his first company, which deals in real estate sales, development, and finance. He still serves as Chairman of the company.

From 1989 to 1997, Malcolm held exclusive rights to Rally’s, a leading Hamburger chain in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. As President, he managed more than 40 locations comprising over a thousand workers.

As of 2018, Malcolm serves as the President of Cal West Apartments, offering quality rental housing in San Diego and South Riverside counties.[6][7] He also became a member of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council and is a Harvard Business School Lecturer.[8] Throughout his career, Malcolm has handled sales, acquisitions, and loan negotiations of more than $4 billion.

Malcolm is involved in public and community service in addition to his professional job. He has been on the boards of a number of public and private companies, including Giant Group (NYSE), Aegis Communications (NASDAQ), ATC Communications (NASDAQ), and Payphone (NASDAQ) (AMEX). He has also served in several municipal and state government positions. He was on the Chula Vista City Council for 10 years and was in charge of the state's largest annexation, which included Castle Park in Otay and the unincorporated hamlet of Montgomery. For the Olympic Training Center, he obtained a $1 million contribution from Conrad Hilton. For 12 years, Malcolm served as the California Coastal Commissioner, the longest tenure in the agency’s history.

Malcolm was also a member of the San Diego County Assessment Appeals Board, and the Boards of Directors of the American Cancer Society San Diego, Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at San Diego State University, First International Bank of San Diego, People’s Bank, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., Scripps Institution of Oceanography and South Bay Family YMCA.

From 1982 to 2013, he was a member of the Board of Directors at SVDP Management (Father Joe's Villages) and worked to fight homelessness in San Diego alongside Father Joe Carroll, who passed away in 2021 after a lengthy battle with diabetes.[9]

As of 2021, Malcolm serves as the Chairman of the Lincoln Club of San Diego Political Action Committee, a member of the Board of Directors for San Diego Christian College, and a five-year member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego YPO Gold Chapter.[10]

Malcolm and his wife Annie are philanthropists who sponsor many charitable organizations, including two gymnasiums in San Diego. To further his participation in education, he established the David Malcolm Scholarship and sponsored The San Diego Foundation's Community Scholars Initiative for 2021 with a $100,000 gift from the David Malcolm Family Trust.[11] He also supports the Chula Vista Police Foundation as a Chiefs 4-Star Alliance Sponsor. Malcolm has also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and coached AYSO soccer and little league baseball.[12][13]


Malcolm has been a CCIM holder since 1988.

Personal life

Malcolm enjoys spending his free time with his wife Annie, children, and grandchildren.


  1. "Interview with San Diego based Entrepreneur David Malcolm". Vizaca. 24 July 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. "In Conversation: David Malcolm, President of Cal West Apartments in San Diego". Influencive. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. "In Conversation: David Malcolm, President of Cal West Apartments in San Diego - Opera News". www.dailyadvent.com. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. "wp-content" (PDF). sandiegometro.com. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  5. options, Show more sharing; URLCopied!, Copy Link (30 March 2021). "La Jolla News Nuggets: 'Party Hat,' West Muirlands project, UCSD COVID study, jazz concerts, more". La Jolla Light. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  6. "David Malcolm - President of Cal West Apartments". ideamensch.com. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  7. "In Conversation: David Malcolm, President of Cal West Apartments in San Diego". Flipboard. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  8. "San Diego Business Owner David Malcolm Named to NSBA Leadership Council". PRWeb. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  9. "David Malcolm and Father Joe Carroll Combat Homelessness in the San Diego Community". www.pulseheadlines.com. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  10. "Lincoln Club PAC Chairman Dave Malcolm on the plan to reopen America's economy -". McKinnon Broadcasting. 18 April 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  11. "Philanthropists David Malcolm and Wife Annie Donate $100,000 to Help First-Generation Students Pursue Their College Dreams". The San Diego Foundation. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  12. "NewsCenter | SDSU | Facilitating the Big Gifts". newscenter.sdsu.edu. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  13. Scholarship, David Malcolm (30 March 2021). "The David Malcolm Scholarship Is a Chance for Students to Overcome Challenges". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 12 August 2021.

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