David has nearly 20 years of public health experience designing and evaluating programs that advance health equity and reduce health disparities in marginalized and vulnerable populations.
David spent nine years at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) where he served in multiple leadership roles including as Director of Community Health Services, overseeing the operations of women’s health and primary health care programs, and as Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Services, working closely with advisory councils to develop prevention strategies to improve the health of Texans throughout their lives.
In his most recent role at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, David led the multidisciplinary team that created a new health equity competency domain for medical students. He also designed and implemented a health professions pathway program for elementary students to support the development of STEM and health professions for students who are underrepresented in medicine.
In his current role as Senior Fellow for Health Equity, David is responsible for the development and implementation of health equity strategy and its incorporation into the work of both The Hackett Center for Mental Health and the broader Meadows Institute.
David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and African Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.