David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010. Now based in Vermont, he consults with people and organizations around the world that have a social or educational mission, specializing in strategic planning, design of assessment systems, and the creation of high-functioning Boards.
David’s career has centered on innovative teaching and learning. In 1983 he and his wife, Nancy Boyd Grant, co-founded The Mountain School of Milton Academy, a highly-regarded, semester-long, interdisciplinary environmental studies program in Vermont for high school juniors from throughout the country. From 1994 to 1998 David was a national consultant to schools and leader of workshops on topics of curriculum and program design, professional development, assessment practices and school climate.
His public service includes having been Town Moderator of Vershire, Vermont and a Board Member of the Vermont Council for the Humanities. He served as Chair of the Board of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers from 2006 to 2008 and on the Board of Directors of The Surdna Foundation in New York City is from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a Trustee of The Children’s Initiative in Portland, Maine and the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, Vermont.
David’s avocation since 1976 has been performing as Mark Twain in a one-man theatrical show, including, in 1982, a performing/lecture tour around the world. His essay “In Pursuit of Sustainability” was included in The Coming Transformation: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities, published in 2010 by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Issues. His book The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations was published by Chelsea Green in March, 2015.
David graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in English, and he holds an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Michigan. In 2008, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey).