David is a nationally recognized teacher and leader in organizing for social change. He has been trained in many small and large group facilitation methods which serve him well as a nationally sought after speaker, facilitator, trainer, planner, thinker, community and organization builder.
In 1996, David Hunt & Associates was founded to serve as an institution dedicated to citizen empowerment and community development. Much of his research, training and methodology were born during his three-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship. David uses a wide variety of techniques and tools including storytelling to create sacred space where the voices and visions of all that are gathered can be shared and heard.
Prior to starting David Hunt & Associates, David served for eight years, 1988 -1995, as the Executive Director of the Chicago Rehab Network, a 25-year-old coalition organization of Chicago’s community development corporations dedicated to Community Development without Displacement. During his tenure, David doubled the agency’s budget, quadrupled its staff and expanded its membership.
Along the journey David has won many awards in addition to his W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship: Crain’s Chicago Business “People under 40 to watch”, The Chicago Organizers of the Year Award from the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation and the Woods and Weiboldt Foundations.
From 1998 to 2012, David served as one of four principal trainers of the Midwest Academy, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious organizing for social change training institutions.
David’s travels, skills and expansive knowledge-base allows him to sit comfortably at the crossroads of policy development, issue & community organizing and community building.
He draws on his many associates where relevant to his clients and projects (see Associates page).
David grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. He now resides in Annapolis, MD with his Kiwi wife and Rufus the cat.