At Facebook, David advises company leadership on global high-risk content, coordinates crisis response, and mitigates imminent real-world harm incidents on the platform. He also leads cross-functional efforts for risk mitigation related to content policies and geopolitical conflict across Latin America.
A former career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, David served in Bogotá as Special Assistant to the U.S. Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process, supporting peace negotiations in Cuba between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas that ended the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere. David’s other diplomatic assignments included Jerusalem, Baghdad, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (INR), and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) where he led instruction and the redesign of the State Department’s negotiation training programs. He is the recipient of several Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
David is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves on CFR’s Term Member Advisory Council, and a State Department International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellow. He is one of New America’s Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders and in 2017 was named the University of Arizona Honors College’s Alumnus of the Year. Previously, David served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and as a Governor’s Fellow in his home state of New Mexico.
He holds an MPP in International Security Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he concentrated on negotiation analysis as a Harvard Public Service Fellow, and a B.S. summa cum laude with Honors in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from the University of Arizona.