BioDavid Trichler is interim Assistant Director at W&M's Global Research Institute, where he is responsible for strategic planning, external engagement, and cross-cutting initiatives. In that role he scales efforts of faculty/student teams to bring the best of academia to current global policy challenges. He is a founding member of W&M's Global Research Shark and Insiders Insights, has created and supported over a dozen new classroom programs focusing on national security, international development, and computational skills, and plays a leadership role in building internal and external partnerships with entities such as the U.S Department of State. Previously he served as Director of Programs & Outreach at the Institute, as well as Director of Operations of AidData, a research lab at the Institute, where he led on a $25 million award from USAID that transformed the project's reach, impact, and sustainability. During his time at the Institute he has worked on projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the World Bank, among others. He is a current Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Prior to William & Mary, David served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Special Assistant to the USAID's Chief Economist as a Presidential Management Fellow. He holds a master's degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University (graduating with highest distinction), where he worked as faculty assistant to Secretary Madeleine K. Albright and as researcher for former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios. David has also served as an adviser to the ExxonMobil Foundation and as a consultant for the World Bank. Prior to Georgetown, David worked as a adviser mapping micro-credit and community networks for projects in Namibia, Morocco, Brazil and Bolivia. He is a former Diplomatic Courier’s top 99 leaders in foreign policy under 33 years old.
In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with the City's Economic Development Authority, river rafting while perusing the Economist, and spending time with family on home renovation projects. David received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (graduating Valedictorian) where he met his wife, Rachel, who specializes in data analysis and creative design. They have two daughters who love dogs, cheese, and their parents, in that order.