Charles W. Davidson2011 Honoree

CHARLES W. DAVIDSON
Charles W. Davidson Company

Charles W. Davidson, 80, was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma. Davidson attended East Central Oklahoma State College, Eastern Oklahoma A&M, and Oklahoma A&M. He’s a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Civil Engineering (1957). Davidson has been a resident of San Jose since June 1952. He and his wife have four grown children and five grandchildren.

​Davidson is a registered Civil Engineer in California. He worked as a civil engineer for the City of San Jose until the end of 1959, at which time he entered the consulting civil engineering business and has been practicing ever since. Prior to working for the City of San Jose he worked as a civil engineer and surveyor for various government and private agencies in California, Missouri and Oklahoma, and the first hydrogen bomb testing in the Marshall Islands. He is also a licensed general engineering and building contractor. With partners he owns his own engineering company, Construction Company, Development Company and management company. He is actively involved with all of the companies.

In the early 60's Davidson also became a homebuilder and a developer, primarily developing "for sale" residential and rentals. In the late 60's he also started developing subsidized housing and continued to develop it through the middle 80's. During this time he developed a total of about 5,000 units of subsidized housing. In the 1980's he again started developing "for sale" housing and market rental housing.

In 1970 Davidson founded both the Davidson and Kavanagh Development Co. and DKD Property Management. Davidson is a senior partner of the development company, which is now known as DKB Homes. Davidson is the Secretary and former President of the property management company, which currently manages approximately 4,300 rental-housing units.

Davidson founded L & D Construction Co., Inc. in 1979, which is primarily engaged in the construction of residential housing, but has also completed several office buildings. Davidson also founded and has been the sole owner of Edenvale Construction Co., and Davidson Homes, Inc. since 1962. Over the last 50 years, Davidson has developed approximately 10,000 “for sale” and rental housing units and a 56,000 square foot office building in downtown San Jose. Davidson was formerly the Vice Chair of the State of California Commission for Economic Development.

Davidson founded DAL Properties LLC in 2003, which is primarily engaged in the acquisition, entitlement and development of in-fill residential homes. DAL Properties is strategically positioned to capitalize on land development opportunities.

Over the years, Davidson has had a great concern for low-income families and the elderly, and has done much to provide affordable housing for that segment of the population. He also is a staunch supporter of San Jose State University, the YWCA, and San Juan Bautista Child Care Center.

During the 60's and 70's he did an extensive amount of land use lobbying work on behalf of clients and himself. Davidson is politically active in both local and statewide campaigns for Republicans, Democrats and nonpartisans. In 1964 and 1965 he was the principal author of the new City Charter that was written and passed by the voters for the City of San Jose, which is the City's present charter with some amendments, these being both good and bad amendments.

In 1991 he received the distinguished graduate award from the San Jose State Engineering Department. In 2004 he received the Tower Award from San Jose State and is the present Chair of the Tower Foundation.

Davidson has received extensive recognition from the State of California, local communities and organizations for his career achievements, leadership and philanthropic activities through the Charles Davidson Family Foundation.

Davidson travels extensively for fun, education and sightseeing, but not for business. He is a staunch believer in vigorous exercise, proper diet and a total good health program. He has an avid interest in government at all levels. He is an amateur historian and geographer.