David is an Industry Engagement Manager co-appointed to the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business in the Scheller College of Business and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in the Office of Undergraduate Education. In this role, his work focuses on expanding and deepening relationships with the business sector to advance strategic objectives within the university and the two centers. David also facilitates the Business Engagement Work Group of the RCE Greater Atlanta—a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development acknowledged by the United Nations University.
Prior to joining the centers, David spent the past 25 years leading sustainability initiatives and facilitating stakeholder engagements through various professional and civic roles. He started his career as a community organizer working on environmental and public health challenges in low-income, minority, and coastal communities in Georgia and the southeast. After graduate school, he became a fellow with the Army Environmental Policy Institute, based at Georgia Tech, and later joined the research faculty in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, before working in management consulting for 14 years.
Among his professional accomplishments, David co-authored the US Army’s sustainability strategy in 2004, and, over the course of 10 years, he collaborated in the design and deployment of a sustainability planning process at 14 military installations and four state National Guard organizations in the continental US, Hawaii, and Europe. This planning process was awarded the White House Closing the Circle award in 2003, and the Army sustainability strategy received a special Closing the Circle award in 2007 for “Sowing the Seeds of Change.”
David facilitated engagements with stakeholders at multiple military installations to define operational footprints, assess sustainability challenges, develop management actions, and identify partnering opportunities. He also facilitated engagement with military installations and surrounding communities to develop partnership initiatives that reduce costs and improve service delivery.
David has an MS in Urban Studies, concentrated in community planning and development, from Georgia State University, and a BA in philosophy, focused on environmental ethics, with additional studies in sociology, from the University of Georgia.