David brings more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector providing both direct and indirect services for underserved youth experiencing displacement, homelessness, trafficking, and mental health challenges. His experience working across sectors and organizations, from small grassroots organizations to large international nonprofits, equips him with a multi-dimensional understanding of the challenges faced by individuals at the intersection of multiple systems. Trained as mental health clinician with a focus on complex power and privilege dynamics, he brings empowerment theory to everything he does. Having built a keen understanding of the multitude of overlaid challenges that face direct service providers and consumers of social services, he has joined RDA to translate his passion for working with underserved young people to a system level approach.
Prior to joining the RDA team he provided mental health services as a counselor in shelters for newly arrived immigrant youth, mobile case management for transition-age foster youth within transitional housings programs, and project management and coordination for emergency protection programs serving refugee children and young people in refugee camps in East Africa.