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, colleges and universities, political candidates, and political campaigns.
He is also the Managing Partner for The Gladstone Group. At Gladstone, he leads a team that provides guidance on leadership, governance, and management challenges and opportunities at not for profit organizations; with a concentration on “Good to Great” initiatives; strategic planning and strategic thinking.
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 for award winning associations in four states, including the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association, the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation.
He is a Past President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is Chair of PRSA’s Mid Atlantic District Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Maryland Government Relations Association. He has earned and maintains the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.
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, a Certified Church Musician (CCM), is Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Dover Delaware and is the Artistic Director of Bells of the Bay (an Easton based community hand bell choir). She is also a partner at The Gladstone Group, where she focuses on helping churches evaluate, improve, expand and launch worship arts programs. 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 six pets—four cats (three of whom are adopted from the Talbot Humane Society) and two dogs.