David’s Resume


Investor and Volunteer 1989 – 2017

This global cooperative is one of the world’s largest providers of microfinance capital, with staff indigenous to the regions they serve, and a sector leader in social performance measurement.

  • Nomination Committee, Oikocredit International (2014-15 Committee Chair)
  • Advisor, Oikocredit USA Board of Directors following two terms as a director (2008-2014)
  • Co-Founder & 2013 Board President, Oikocredit Northwest USA Support Association

Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Social Justice Pastor 2006 – 2012

An Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle with a long tradition of social justice activism on diverse issues, it serves as a public, interfaith commons for the Greater Puget Sound.

  • Extraordinary preacher, teacher and speaker
  • Keen group process analyst and animator
  • Oversaw a dozen volunteer driven social justice missions
  • Represented cathedral on community nonprofit boards

Seafarers’ House
Founding Executive Director 1991 – 2006

An innovative nonprofit social venture serving crew who work aboard cruise and cargo vessels that frequent Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale’s commercial seaport.

  • Visionary developer of startup growth that attracted a global record number of clients; increased the number of employees from 1 to 32; and expanded hours of operation fivefold
  • Recruited and managed exceptionally multi-cultural staff speaking 18 languages and serving clients from 75 countries
  • Social entrepreneur who Introduced innovative technologies that increased client services, grew operating revenue and affiliated with peer agencies throughout 70 U.S. and Canadian seaports
  • Transformed a narrow Episcopal Church base to include the collaboration of labor, business, government, civic, ecumenical and interfaith partners


Various Clients 
Consultant 1989 – 1991
Kaiser Family Foundation, Institute of International Education, Episcopal Church’s Jubilee Program

  • Research and analyze funding patterns; draft policy recommendations
  • Travel widely throughout the United States to appraise grassroots nonprofit grant applicants and interpret funder’s objectives

Trinity Grants Program
Program Associate, Africa 1986 – 1989
Staff responsibility for two annual budgets: $1.25m to strengthen indigenous development work of African Churches, and $250k in support of South African church efforts to overcome apartheid.

  • Extensive travel among 25 African countries in search of philanthropic partnership with innovative indigenous leaders
  • Excellent communication and critical thinking skills linking rural African with a Wall Street board by interpreting each one’s respective interests to the other
  • Research and draft policy recommendations; manage proposal development; monitor and evaluate funded projects.


Residency 1976 – 1977
Initially invited by Desmond Tutu to teach in a black seminary, other roles evolved over two years that Steve Biko rated as the most diverse of any visitor he knew.

  • Research, compilation and smuggling of Biko’s writings for a book published in five languages, Steve Biko – I Write What I Like
  • Achieved Xhosa language fluency sufficient for solo travel in rural areas and urban townships
  • Profound access into both English and Afrikaans-speaking white societies
  • Forged contacts among anti-apartheid activists who moved into senior leadership roles during the transition to democratic rule
  • Researched South African history

Advocacy 1978 – 1986
Eight years of U.S.-based work interpreting South Africa’s challenge to the world view of North Americans, including various institutional roles and 18 months ‘on the road’ as an itinerant speaker.

  • Public speaking among diverse audiences in 100+ North American cities on themes of South African history, people and churches, as well as U.S. economic relations
  • Authored discussion guide for encountering the South African Kairos Document of radical Christian theology born amid grass roots resistance to apartheid in the mid 1980s
  • Key producer of anti-apartheid media featuring prophetic South Africans including a film nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary; and a video awarded with a Golden Eagle
  • Divestment campaign leadership included a one-on-one debate broadcast live on CNN the morning Congress passed the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act


Kalamazoo College (B.A. 1973)
foreign study in Sierra Leone; three political internships

University of Chicago Divinity School (M.A. 1975)
specialization in inter-religious encounter

Spanish Language Skills 
several periods of intensive study and practice over 25 years

Whidbey Institute’s “Powers of Leadership”
series of six leadership training retreats 2006-2015