PhD, Theatre and Community, The Union Graduate Institute; honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, St. John's University

David brings decades of experience developing innovating cultural and educational programs while advocating for change and for public and private resources. He served as director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts, then as staff director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. David was head of the Perpich Center, then president of the MacPhail Center for Music. He joined the Minnesota Humanities Center in 2010 as president and CEO, where he developed and directed programs working with educators, veterans, schools, and communities statewide to create more engaging and meaningful learning experiences for all students. He retired in 2019.