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David Garfunkel

Associate Director

David is an experienced project team lead and social sector strategy consultant, with areas of specialization in collective impact, corporate societal engagement, and international development.

David has deep experience in designing collective impact strategies and coaching those who lead them. He has supported leaders on Staten Island, New York, to launch two collective impact initiatives: the Staten Island Perinatal Network, focused on improving maternal and infant health outcomes, and the Staten Island Alliance for North Shore Children and Families, focused on improving early care and education outcomes for young children. In addition to supporting these initiatives, representative engagements include: supporting leaders from a variety of companies as they revamped their corporate social responsibility strategies in alignment with business priorities, designing a strategy with a group of 20 leaders from across the aging space in Massachusetts in order to create a more “age-friendly” state, and working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reach an increased number of marginalized adolescent girls in low-income countries with critical health services. David actively supports FSG’s corporate and collective impact practices.

Before FSG

David started his career in international development as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps, where he served for three years in the Dominican Republic. During his first two years, his projects included organizing local mothers to create income-generation opportunities, working with youth to facilitate environmental classes in their high school, and collaborating with local authorities to renovate his community’s baseball field. During his last year in the D.R., David worked with local NGO leaders and community members across the region to prepare them to receive new Peace Corps volunteers and to execute community-based projects. Immediately upon finishing his service, David moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lived there for two years, managing operations and strategy for a rural loan and education program for Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution.

Education

  • Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Master in Public Policy. Recipient of Edith Stokey Public Service Fellowship.
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, BA magna cum laude, International Management and Spanish

Languages

  • Spanish (fluent)
  • Haitian Creole (fluent)
  • French (intermediate)

On working at FSG

“I’ve never met an organization quite like FSG. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with so many remarkable and humble people who pride themselves not only on the caliber of their ability to think strategically and generate new ideas, but also on their passion for creating social impact. It is a unique privilege to be able to learn as much as I do every day, all while being able to make meaningful contributions to solving the world’s toughest and most complex problems.”