David West

David West

David brings over 30 years’ experience in nonprofit and advocacy work. His areas of expertise include: guiding leadership transitions; building diverse staff and leadership teams; setting organizational cultures with strong values and norms; inspiring multi-organization collaborations and partnerships; and bringing innovative advocacy strategies, including tactical research, policy development, community organizing, and coalition building.

DW-EndorseDavid cares deeply about building capacity for social change and his work intersects environmental, racial , and economic justice. He’s been a leader in raising the minimum wage; negotiating community benefit agreements; improving the status of temporary workers; and creating lasting success for many other issues.

David has served as executive director and interim executive director for nonprofit advocacy organizations in Seattle since 1990. Most recently, he served as the interim for the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.  Prior to that, he was the executive director at Puget Sound Sage; the Center for a Changing Workforce; and the Washington Community Action Network. Before that, he worked as a community organizer, a coalition-builder, a public policy researcher,and a lobbyist.

As a volunteer, David worked as project coordinator for a South Seattle neighborhood association and as a mentor for young community leaders in the area. He has brought together senior staff and leaders from advocacy organizations in Seattle periodically to share learning and foster collaboration across constituencies.

David has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) from the Daniel Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics and History from the University of Wisconsin. He received community organization training from the Midwest Academy in Chicago.