David also holds a number of prestigious appointments at academic institutions and think tanks. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations; a Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China; a Member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; a Truman National Security Fellow; a Senior Fellow at Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations; and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. David first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fuling, and later co-founded Tea Leaf Nation, a website that synthesized and explained Chinese social media, which was acquired by the Washington Post Company within two years.
David graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in English Literature and cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D.
Worked at Asia Society (Company) From 2018-09-01 until Now
Senior Fellow and Senior Editor - • Oversees relaunch of strategy, content delivery, and business development for a global nonprofit’s flagship online publication. Designs and drives new editorial initiatives for all China-focused reporting, commentary, and strategic partnerships. • Guides design, planning, and execution of feature articles, new media ventures, and major events. Manages a growing team and an international network of collaborators across channels and platforms. Represents the organization at public appearances as an established thought leader on Asia.
Worked at University of Pennsylvania (Company) From 2018-01-01 until Now
Research Scholar - The Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) was established in 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania to advance Penn’s leadership in programs, research, and scholarship about the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today.
Worked at Foreign Policy Research Institute (Company) From 2018-01-01 until Now
Senior Fellow (Asia) - The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography, and culture.
Worked at 1776 (Company) From 2016-09-01 until Now
Expert Mentor - Provide advice and mentorship to early-stage startups.