David provides strategic counsel to state and local education leaders, including most recently in Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; Washington, DC; Mesa, AZ; and the States of Indiana, Texas and Massachusetts. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, David has helped lead development of ERS’ tools and guidance for national, state and local leaders as they implement strategies for recovery and long-lasting system redesign.
David leads ERS’ Human Capital Practice Area, with a deep focus on helping leaders make the teaching job more rewarding, collaborative and sustainable, especially for educators in our highest-need communities. He is a co-author of Growing Great Teachers, which describes how district leaders can sustainably provide differentiated supports for rookie teachers, and Igniting the Learning Engine, a study of how the most effective systems organize for strategic, job-embedded professional learning.
Prior to joining ERS, David led development of Teach For America’s inaugural consumer insights function and market-leading online strategy. He is an alumnus of McKinsey & Company and the political media firm GMMB; author of original research on the potential impact of a federal tax credit for small political donations; and co-founder of the service organization Hands On DC.
A graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School, David is also an avid baseball fan and former Little League coach who has been known to squeeze in a trip to the ballpark during business trips and vacations. David and his family live in Cambridge, MA.