David Wick brings real-time strategic and operational perspective from more than two decades in nonprofit and higher education leadership to his work with clients. He has deep knowledge of and experience in education technology and innovation, K-12, higher education, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors from his career at the KIPP Foundation and Harvard University, as well as experience on nonprofit boards and as a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow. David not only understands what capabilities are necessary for a specific situation, but also the cultural and organizational contexts in which leaders need to successfully carry out the organization’s mission. His vision and knowledge of the marketplace enable him to find innovative, strategic-thinking leaders who can manage internal and external stakeholders and also drive growth.


David has specialized experience in:

  • Higher education
  • K-12 education
  • Global nonprofits
  • Foundations
  • Conservation organizations
  • Education technology and innovation
  • Organizational culture
  • Leadership assessment
  • Fundraising and development


Recent work

  • Recruiting and assessing academic and functional leaders within the higher education sector
  • Advising on executive searches for K-12 CEO and heads of school positions
  • Working with major conservation and humanitarian organizations to build multidisciplinary leadership teams

Previous Experience

  • Chief external impact officer of the KIPP Foundation
  • Managing director of capital giving at Harvard University
  • Assistant director of development at University of Chicago
  • Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, 2013 to 2015


  • Master of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University
  • B.A. from Davidson College

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