DAVID T. HSU

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Bio. 

David Hsu is Propper Daley’s Director of Business Innovation. He oversees the social impact agency’s growth and brings 12 years of cross-sector leadership in service of change-making companies, NGOs, campaigns, and philanthropists. David previously held roles in enterprise strategy and communications at NationBuilder, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed software company that powers grassroots movements around the world. Prior to that, he was a visiting lecturer in international politics at the University of Pennsylvania and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. A social scientist with the heart of a community-builder, David is author of “Untethered: A Primer on Social Isolation” and speaks about fostering human connection in the digital age. David is a board member at L.A. Kitchen and advisor for Encore.org’s Generation to Generation campaign. He holds a B.A. from Duke and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

 Alpenglow on the John Muir Trail (Photo: David Hsu)

Alpenglow on the John Muir Trail (Photo: David Hsu)

Résumé. 

Experience

Propper Daley (2017-current)
Director of Business Innovation  

L.A. Kitchen (2016-current) 
Board of Directors

NationBuilder (2014-2016)
Director of Enterprise Sales  
Senior Communications Strategist
Community Strategist


University of Pennsylvania (2012-2014) 
Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Lecturer

Princeton University (2006-2012) 
Doctoral Candidate & Assistant Instructor

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (2004-2006) 
Paralegal Specialist

Meridian International Center (2003)  
Foreign Affairs Intern

 

Education

Ph.D. Politics (2012)
Princeton University
 

B.A. Political Science (2004)
Duke University
Phi Beta Kappa

 

Community-Building 

Creator & Co-Chair
Shared Plates, the annual citywide "anti-gala" for L.A. Kitchen

Campaign Advisor
Generation to Generation, powered by Encore.org

Vice Chair, Reunions
Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni 

Guest Chef  
Modern Movements Fellowship, organized by GOOD

 

Speaking

Panel Organizer. "Taking a Stand: Hard Questions about Purpose in Polarized Times," New York Advertising Week (Fall 2018)   

Keynote. "Constellations: The Art of Connectedness," Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati (Summer 2018)  

Business Community Keynote. "Profit & Purpose in the Age of Isolation," Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati (Summer 2018)    

Panelist. "Political Polarization & The Fight Against Ideological Isolation," Princeton University (Spring 2018) 

Podcast Guest. "Belonging," The Feast (Spring 2018)   

 

Writing

Report. "Untethered: A Primer on Social Isolation" (2018) 

  • Featured in TASTE: "David Hsu, an author and social scientist, believes that food is the way to fight back against America’s growing social isolation."

Report. "Letting Go: DIY Strategies to Build Local Campaign Ownership" (2017)   

Landscape analyses. Custom research for brands, NGOs, foundations, and individual philanthropists working to drive social change (2017-present)      

Blog post. "When you publish a petition and no one shows up" (2015), cited by CNN (2016)   

Dissertation. "Against Business as Usual: U.S. Foreign Economic Relations after 9/11" (2012) 

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