David has thirty years of experience as a serial social entrepreneur, co-founding successful for-profit and non-profit ventures that have made significant impact in multiple sectors, from nanotechnology to the transportation industry, from public health to environmental protection, and from education to the arts.
He entirely self-financed his education, earning degrees in English Literature and Music Composition from Miami University. There, he was deeply involved in advocacy and university governance, and in 1990, was appointed by Governor Richard F. Celeste to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees. After becoming fascinated with the Singing Revolution in the Baltic States that brought down the Soviet Union, he realized his passion of not only researching nonviolent political change, but participating in building it when he was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Lithuania.
David completed a Master’s in Philosophy at Vilnius University after defending in Lithuanian his thesis on ethics, while doing his Fulbright research and working as a staff writer or freelancer for regional and Washington D.C.-based publications.
His local knowledge brought him to the U.S. Department of State, where he worked for three years as a political analyst and as an advisor to the nascent nonprofit sector for USAID/Vilnius. After witnessing the social, political, and environmental traumas of "shock therapy" economic reform in the region, David began to question aspects of the development models he was helping to advance. So he became more directly involved in 1996 when he formed a team of students from four high schools in Vilnius to found JaunimasJaunimui (Youth for Youth) Lithuania's first youth-focused nonprofit focused on sustainability. He helped them secure funding to implement a school-based pilot recycling project in four cities, a successful model that spread to schools across the country as Lithuania further integrated into the European Union.
David directed several award-winning documentary films and began to write fiction. That brought him to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship and the Iowa Teaching-Writing Fellowship and earned an MFA. David also served as Lecturer at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, where he taught for twelve years teaching business ethics, communication, and social entrepreneurship. He concurrently taught social entrepreneurship as a Lecturer for five years at Cornell College and advised their national award-winning ENACTUS chapter.
In the classroom and in the field, David has worked with students locally and internationally to develop and implement their own social entrepreneurship initiatives. He has led teams of students in social entrepreneurship courses and service learning initiatives focused in India and Guatemala, where they learned from some of the most creative social entrepreneurs in the world, including at world-renowned organizations such as the Sehgal Foundation (rural development), Hand-in-Hand (microfinance and women’s empowerment), and the Aravind Eye Hospital (world-class medical care for the underprivileged).
To make social entrepreneurship projects more sustainable, accessible to all students, and to leverage impact long-term using virtual teams, David co-founded a non-profit, BplansforHumanity, a cloud-based virtual team social entrepreneurship collaboration application which enabled hundreds of students from the University of Iowa, Cornell College, The Ohio State University, and the University of Delaware to implement their own social entrepreneurship projects as well as collaborate with existing nonprofits in South Asia, Central America, and the United States.
He also co-founded several for-profit social entrepreneurship ventures, including NurturEnergy, and open innovation green energy company. NurturEnergy won the "Hero of the Planet" award from the St. Louis Business Journal in 2010 for its sustainable new product development and social innovation partnerships. He designed and developed an innovative ideation and virtual team collaboration platform called iNurturEnergy to help clients accelerate new product development and sustainability initiatives. NurturEnergy's clients have ranged from small and medium enterprises to major multinationals such as Schneider Electric, Gates Corporation, Hussmann, Thermo King, and Anthony International.
David's latest venture that he co-founded in 2016 is DClimate, whose patented, data-driven no-idle climate control systems for long-haul trucks currently on the road in North America prevent more than 30 tons of CO₂ as well as other pollutants from entering the atmosphere every day. DClimate completed a successful Series A round in 2018, raising $2.3 million for new product development and market expansion.
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