David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010, where he led the Foundation’s work in education, arts, environment, poetry, and capacity building of non-profit organizations. Now based in Vermont, he consults with schools, foundations, and organizations around the world to help them fulfill their missions with clarity, effectiveness and joy.
David’s career has centered on innovative teaching and learning, and the institutional structures and practices that foster them. 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.
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 a member of the Board of Directors of the Surdna Foundation in New York City from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a Trustee of three nonprofit organizations.
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. Among his recent publications is an essay titled “In Pursuit of Sustainability,” included in The Coming Transformation: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities, published in 2010 by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Issues.
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).