David is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders.
In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with the McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising.
Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, City Year, Schwab Foundation, the Aspen Institute, Mission Continues, and the advisory board for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also chairs the advisory board for the new School of Law at Elon University. (Please see a more complete list below)
David's work as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans and Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. Through the generosity of outside donors, the Center helps to provide scholarships to over 70 students a year, preparing them to serve as leaders for the common good. The Center also promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies.
A native of North Carolina, David is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission.
He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 26 honorary degrees.
David has been married since 1967 to Anne Elizabeth Gergen of England, a family therapist. They have two children and five grand-children. Son Christopher is a social entrepreneur in North Carolina as well as an author and member of the Duke faculty. Daughter Katherine is a family doctor, working with the underserved population at the Boston Medical Center.more » « less
|Larry Summers||Partnership for Public Service, Center for Global Development, Teach for America, Trilateral Commission|
|Kenneth M Duberstein||Ronald Reagan, Partnership for Public Service, America Abroad Media|
|Walter Isaacson||The Aspen Institute, Teach for America, CNN|
|Wendy S Kopp||Teach for America, Partnership for Public Service, New Profit Inc|
|John Bridgeland||City Year, Partnership for Public Service, AmericaSpeaks|
|R Nicholas Burns||Harvard Kennedy School, America Abroad Media, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress|
|Norman R Augustine||America Abroad Media, Partnership for Public Service|
|William M Daley||Bill Clinton, Partnership for Public Service|
|Sheila P Burke||Harvard Kennedy School, Partnership for Public Service|
|Stuart E Eizenstat||Harvard Kennedy School, Partnership for Public Service|
|James E Rogers||Harvard Kennedy School, The Aspen Institute|
|Thomas F McLarty III||Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, America Abroad Media|
|Jeffrey B Swartz||City Year, Partnership for Public Service|
|Joel Lawrence Fleishman||Duke University, Partnership for Public Service|
|Chuck Hagel||America Abroad Media, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress|
|Lee Herbert Hamilton||America Abroad Media, AmericaSpeaks|
|Bill Bradley||Partnership for Public Service, AmericaSpeaks|
|Lester Crown||The Aspen Institute, America Abroad Media|
|David Rubenstein||Harvard Kennedy School, Duke University|
|Vin Weber||The Aspen Institute, America Abroad Media|