David S. Levy is a senior advisor to New Profit, where he works to help organizations in the New Profit Innovation Fund build capacity to increase impact. He currently serves as a deal partner and board member for Acelero Learning, Enlearn, and LEAP Innovations.
David is the founder of Volition LLC which helps mission-driven organizations to: make strategic choices with the necessary commitment that results in action; position themselves for advantage and success; design and build the capabilities needed for success; and implement their strategies, including operating model transformation and change management support.
David brings more than 30 years of experience across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to his work. His private sector consulting experience, spanning 17 years, includes partner-level positions at Booz & Co. and Monitor Group where he served international clients primarily in life sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer health and medical devices), nutrition, weight management and consumer products. David specialized in developing growth strategies, designing the required growth capabilities, and helping clients implement those capabilities. Prior to consulting, he was an R&D executive with Herman Miller, Inc. where he co-authored the design criteria for the Aeron™ Chair.
In the nonprofit sector, David has done extensive consulting work with leading organizations such as New Profit Inc., Teach for America and Management Leaders for Tomorrow, and serves on the board of Acelero Learning, Enlearn and LEAP Innovations. He worked with New Profit on their initial growth strategies, development of proprietary intellectual capital, development strategy, operating model and mentoring social entrepreneurs. David advised Wendy Kopp, then CEO and Founder of Teach for America, for over five years during which time the organization more than doubled the number of students served. Engagements included repositioning of the Teach for America brand, improving core member satisfaction, advising on growth strategies, overhauling the board of directors and building the organizational capacity required to deliver an aggressive five-year growth strategy.
David graduated with distinction from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, received his M.S. from Cornell and Doctor of Architecture from The University of Michigan where he also was an Assistant Professor of Architecture.