David is the Maryland Director for Quantum Communications, where he is part of a team that provides strategy advocacy and media counsel/services to businesses, associations, professional societies, chambers of commerce, political candidates, and political campaigns.
He is also the Managing Partner for The Gladstone Group, where he leads a team that provides guidance on leadership, governance, and management matters to not for profit organizations.
David’s first involvement in the political arena occurred when he took a college course on campaigns and elections. The course required volunteering on a campaign and keeping a log of lessons learned. Following graduation, he applied these lessons learned as paid staff on a U.S. Senate primary campaign and as paid staff on a U.S. Congressional general election campaign.
He has served as Chief of Staff for a State Senator, as Executive Director for a State Senate Caucus Policy Committee, and as Legislative Liaison for a State Treasurer. As a freelance consultant during this time, he did GOTV targeting research for two State Senate general election campaigns.
He has served as the CEO/Lobbyist for associations that represent residential builders/developers, commercial builders/developers, REALTORS, tourism promotion professionals, and the hotel/lodging industry.
He is the Immediate Past President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is Vice President of PRSA’s Mid Atlantic District Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Maryland Government Relations Association.
David has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, on the faculty at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, and has taught at the College of Southern Maryland.
He earned a BA (With Distinction) in Political Science and an MPA in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he hosted a public affairs call-in radio program and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
David and his wife Shelley live in Easton. Shelley is a church musician, worship arts consultant, and Artistic Director of Bells of the Bay, an Easton-based community hand bell choir. They are empty nesters with two grown daughters—Leah and Elyse. Leah is married with two children, is a graduate student at Towson University, and lives in Parkville, MD. Elyse lives in Minneapolis MN and works for the ninth largest accounting firm in the country. Shelley and David share their home with five pets—three cats adopted from the Talbot Humane Society and two dogs.