David has worked in the non-profit, government, education, and philanthropic sectors for more than three decades. He joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focused on issues in Washington State, including family homelessness, early learning, education and support for the local non-profit sector in order to improve capacity and outcomes. As Director of Community and Civic Engagement, he manages the foundation’s engagement in our home region. He also serves on the board of directors of Partners for Our Children, the Washington State Health Innovations Leadership Network (HILN) and is President of the Alumni Association of Haverford College. He is past board president of Funders Together to End Homelessness, and served as Co-Chair of the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Task Force.
Before coming to the Gates Foundation, David served as Principal at Kelly Point Partners (KP2), working to integrate services for people struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addictions, criminal justice system involvement, and HIV/AIDS. Between 1990 and 2000, David was the Systems Integration Administrator for the King County Department of Community and Human Services, developing and mobilizing services for people with chronic and severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.
A native of New York City, David was the Executive Director of the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and served as a New York City Human Rights Commissioner. He has been a member of the adjunct faculties in graduate studies programs at Yale University and Antioch University. David is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
David moved to Seattle in 1990, and lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Paul, and their rescue pup, Inky. They spend weekends at their house on Guemes Island, near Anacortes.