Director, Office of Research & Diversity • New York City Bar Association • New York City • Age: 38
Alex M. David directs the Office of Re-search and Diversity at the New York City Bar Asso-ciation, providing guidance on diversity issues to the law firms and law departments of major corporations that make up the association’s members. While advising the association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, he was instrumental in the development of the “Best Practices Guide.”
David is a staunch advocate for diversity issues and developments. His enthusiasm for affecting change as it pertains to diversity has made him popular on the speaking circuit, including guest appearances on national news programs advocating for black businesses. David participates in many discussions for major organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Bar Association.
David credits his mother, Doretha David, with fueling his thirst for education, noting that she has always been a “tireless seeker of knowledge.” He also acknowledges the support of his brothers, Daniel and Timothy, from whose intellect and business savvy he drew heavily to become the success he is today. “You can’t achieve success without a solid foundation of support,” he says.
Proving that he inherited his mother’s insatiable quest for knowledge, he pursued dual doctoral degrees, in economics and marketing, at Pace University and completed those studies in May. He graduated cum laude from Pace with a master’s in economics. David serves on the board of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Securities Industry Association’s Diversity Committee and New York City National Pan Hellenic Council. He is a member of the Merrill Lynch Advisory Council in Trenton, N.J., and the Trenton Economic Advisory Council.
Professional accomplishments aside, David remains committed to helping others. He has a special interest in mentoring young Black men and mentors students at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.