Role at FSG
At FSG, David has consulted for a broad range of clients, including collective impact initiatives, private foundations, and corporations contributing to social change. In these engagements, David has helped clients recognize their internal strengths, identify opportunities for impact, and decide on the path forward.
David has developed expertise in collective impact, having led numerous projects and delivered many workshops and keynotes on the topic. Recently, David led FSG’s engagements with Our Children, Our Families, an ambitious new collaboration between the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District; Silicon Valley ALLIES, a collective impact initiative in the Bay Area enabling adult English learners to attain family-sustaining wages; and a series of collective impact workshops for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood initiative. He was editor of Collective Insights on Collective Impact, a compilation of nine articles on collective impact published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, co-author of Evaluating Community Change, and was the lead author on the article Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation published in Community Investments, a quarterly publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
David has also focused his work in the education sector, most recently serving as the lead author on Learning Gets Personal: How Idaho Students and Teachers Are Embracing Personalized Learning through Khan Academy, leading two education-related philanthropy strategy engagements with the American Honda Foundation, and leading a “systems mapping” project for the Institute of Medicine study The Science of Children Birth to Age 8.
Prior to joining FSG, David worked as an Associate Director of Data Analysis and Tools at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a management best practice research and executive education firm in Washington, DC. At CEB, David managed and evolved a suite of business support tools for clients (mostly finance executives at Fortune 500 companies). David owned projects ranging from authoring a flagship white paper series on emerging business risks to managing a comprehensive budget benchmarking tool for clients. Concurrently, David volunteered much of his time at Language ETC, an English school for adult immigrants, as an ESL teacher, and later served on the organization’s Board of Directors. While attending the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, David committed himself to enhancing the student experience by being actively involved as a Leadership Fellow in the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics. In addition, he developed a strategic plan for students pursuing nontraditional business careers and created an initiative to help students recognize and act upon symptoms of stress. Also during his time at Fuqua, David worked as an Education Pioneer Fellow with the San Francisco Unified School District to design school and area-level management dashboards to be used by superintendents and principals.
- The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, MBA, concentrations in Leadership & Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship
- Rhodes College, BA, International Studies - Political Science
- Education Pioneers Alumni Board
- English (fluent)
- Spanish (proficient)
On working at FSG
“What I appreciate most about FSG is the diversity of our team’s backgrounds, and my colleagues’ willingness to express their core beliefs with one another. I firmly believe that listening to different points of view (and values) is crucial when tackling extraordinarily complex problems. At the same time, I find that the FSG team approaches client engagements as true partners who listen intently to the client’s needs and then work collaboratively to find the best solution. In all of my experiences—as a consultant, teacher, researcher, teammate, and student—my most satisfying experiences come when there is a shared commitment to a goal greater than the individual. I am humbled to be able to work with colleagues and clients who are trying to improve the world around them; to me, being part of a great team is the most important thing.”