Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource
David Styers brings nearly three decades of nonprofit consulting and training experience, as well as an extensive background working at the forefront of civic engagement in volunteer and leadership development, to his role as a BoardSource senior governance consultant since 2007. He provides project management, consulting, and training services to major organizations across the nation on best governance practices, emerging trends and developments in the nonprofit sector, and chief executive assessment and coaching. A BoardSource Certified Governance trainer, Rapid Innovation Lab facilitator, Civic Change Leadership trainer, and Youth Leadership trainer, David has expertise in nonprofit board responsibilities and exceptional practices, fundraising, leadership and partnership development, outcomes measurement, strategic planning, and volunteer management. His clients have included local, state, national, and international organizations.
David Styers is also currently Director, Learning and Leadership Programs at the League of American Orchestras in New York City, and he is the representative for volunteers at the United Nations. Most recently Managing Director, Strategy & Planning for Ascent Leadership Networks and Director of Learning and Development at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, David has run fellowship and leadership education programs as diverse as for cross sector corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders to orchestra managers and conductors. From 2014-2017, David worked at the Presidio Institute, an initiative of the Presidio Trust, where he developed, managed, and implemented leadership development programs and convening events that equipped and connected champions for change.
For two years prior, David was director of consulting, education, training services/senior board governance consultant for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, where he was responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the consulting practice work. Through progressively advancing positions at the Points of Light Foundation from 2000 to 2007, David partnered with more than 360 local Volunteer Center affiliates across the country to mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. He began his career with the American Symphony Orchestra League, where he oversaw training and educational programs for seven years.
As a performer, David sang with the San Francisco Chorus for nearly five seasons, and The Washington Chorus for 20 seasons. Active on nonprofit boards, David is past vice president of programs for the Association for Talent Development Golden Gate Chapter, past secretary of Discovery Community, past treasurer of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), past chair of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), and past president of Volunteer Alexandria. He holds a Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and has a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude degree in English from Wake Forest University. David lives in Jersey City, NJ.