Dave provides administrative and strategic leadership to the Ginsberg Center which includes work with staff, students, and Ginsberg programs. His primary goals focus on staff development, increasing student learning, and building authentic relationships with community partners that lead to results.
Dave is involved on campus as a member of the Student Life Leadership Assembly, a planning lead for Student Life's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and on a variety of Student Life and University-wide committees. He’s involved in the Community Engagement Consortium between U of M, MSU, and WSU, and tri-campus collaborations with UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn. Dave is active in the Ann Arbor community, in areas of youth development, the arts, and food access and security.
Dave started his career at Ginsberg working with SERVE for nine years before working in the public school classroom, teaching middle school Language Arts and Social Studies. He then returned in 2006 to serve as Director of Student Initiatives, and became the Associate Director of Ginsberg in 2013. Dave received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language with a minor in history from the University of Michigan. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University.
Some of Dave’s hobbies include painting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. He loves to read, spend time with his family, cook, and attend Summer Fest, Sonic Lunch and other live music events.
What do you love most about working at the Ginsberg Center?
“I love seeing students and staff grow as they engage and wrestle with critical issues and work with community partners to try to solve some of our social problems. The learning spark is most interesting part of my job. It’s an opportunity for me to continue to learn while working with inspiring people on campus and in the community.”
What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were in college?
“Expand your circle. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to learn about what is happening in the world. Explore and understand that this time of your life is a great opportunity to grow in knowledge and learn about different worldviews.”
What Dave's colleagues are saying:
“Dave has a warm spirit. He knows how to make people feel welcomed and appreciated”
"Dave gets the best out of our team, by challenging and modeling. He's a quiet but strong leader."
“Dave is an incredibly thoughtful team member, who encourages and affirms our work regularly.”