David is Chancellor of the largest school system in the nation. He is the former President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, and the founding principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in NYC and Newark.
His vision of education emphasizes a partnership between schools and communities based on the guiding principles of academic excellence, leadership, and character development. With the Eagle Academy Foundation, David set out to prove that a high-quality college preparatory education for young men of color can be provided in a public-school setting.
David led the establishment of the first Eagle Academy for Young Men as part of NYC’s high school reform initiative in partnership with 100 Black Men, Inc. The Eagle model has since been adopted in schools throughout all five boroughs and Newark, N.J., expanding nationally through the Eagle Institute.
In partnership with Scholastic, David helped curate the Rising Voices Library, a collection of nonfiction, biographical, and fiction books celebrating Black and Latino boys designed to provide students in grades K–5 with high-interest, culturally-relevant texts that give context to what they’re experiencing in the world around them. He also authored SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.
David is a co-founder of Black EdFluencers United, dedicated to influencing and developing the capacity of Black educators and raising awareness about systemic challenges within education. He has also served as a board member for the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, co-chair of New York City Young Men’s Initiative, and founding board member of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color.
David is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. He participated in the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at the Teachers College Columbia University and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in education from Wheelock College.