David is a Connecticut native whose career has been in Washington, DC, where he resides off island. His academic background is Williams College, University of Connecticut Law School, and LL.M. from Georgetown. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals—District of Columbia Circuit—and then went to the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. From there he served on the staff of a member of the U. S. House of Representatives. Following private practice of law for a few years, he joined Monsanto Company, becoming Vice President for Government Affairs.
His final professional position was as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the then Newspaper Association of America. He and his wife Mary bought their first house in Nantucket on Orange Street in 1993. At that time David was chairing the Board of the Washington Animal Rescue League, a position he held for 19 years. (The League has now merged with the Humane Society to form Humane Rescue Alliance.) He took a mixed breed dog home from the League to join their first Jack Russell terrier. Next, the director called about a very young Jack Russell puppy who had been turned in. So with three dogs and a too small back yard, they moved to Union Street with much improved yard space. Their last Jack Russell terrier came from another phone call from a later League director.
On island, David recently retired as president of the Nantucket Preservation Trust, of which he is now Vice Chairman. He is president of a small public policy organization, Nantucket Community Association. He and Mary are Friends of the NHA.