David vividly remembers his first trip to Africa. When he was 13-years-old, he spent three weeks visiting urban slums and rural villages in Nigeria with his father, a journalist. The severe poverty that he encountered during this trip -- as well as later trips to Haiti, Zimbabwe, and the Philippines -- left a lasting impression on David, and sparked his interest in international development.
While he was a student at McGill University, David developed a workshop to teach high school students about the social impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in poor African countries, and brought it to dozens of Montreal-area schools. He also played a key role in advocacy campaigns directed at improving access to essential medicines in developing countries.
David was born in Grand Rapids, MI, and raised on both sides of the US-Canadian border. He holds a B.A. in economics and international development studies from McGill University, and a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Toronto. He joins Kiva from the Provincial Government of Ontario, Canada, where he was a political communications advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure.