David is and always will be a communicator at heart. His extensive experience in the field of communications has shown him the importance of connecting with people. “From my earliest years in my newspaper career in St. Louis and Phoenix,” he says, “I was fortunate to have community engagement as a part of my responsibility. I have been touched by the hearts and hard work of staff and volunteers who spend every day making a difference.”
His role with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group is to support clients with help presenting an organization’s story in a compelling and concise way to potential donors.
David’s diverse background includes his own management consulting firm, Hume and Company, that served local and national clients in media, mining, home building, food and beverage and high tech. David led or supported projects that included creation of high-performance work teams, leadership development and executive coaching and organizational change and process improvement.
He also has served as Administrator for Communications for the Pendergast Elementary School District, responsible for internal and external communications and designing and delivering professional development and coaching for new school administrators.
Before establishing his own firm, David spent 10 years as the Marketing Services Director for Phoenix Newspapers, where he was responsible for developing strategy and providing direction for marketing, media advertising, public relations and corporate communications. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications.
David is a past member of the Board of Directors of Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Phoenix Theater, KAET Channel 8, Fiesta Bowl, Phoenix Advertising Club and Phoenix Pride Commission. He currently serves as a volunteer outreach specialist for HandsOn Greater Phoenix.
He says the best part of working with nonprofits—both professionally and on a volunteer basis—is the opportunity for service and to support “the dedicated people and organizations that directly impact the quality of life and community.”