Social scientist & impact strategist based in Los Angeles.
DAVID T. HSU is a political scientist and social impact strategist based in Los Angeles. He consults for leaders pursuing greater impact through philanthropy, policy, and culture change. He previously worked at NationBuilder, the technology company that powers grassroots campaigns and movements around the world, and prior to that at the U.S. Department of Justice and the University of Pennsylvania. David graduated from Duke and earned his Ph.D. in international relations at Princeton. He is a board member of the social enterprise L.A. Kitchen, creator of L.A.’s citywide anti-gala Shared Plates, and an advisor for Encore.org’s Generation to Generation campaign.
I'm working to advance ideas and institutions that humanize strangers in society.
Social Impact Consultant, Freelance (current)
Board of Directors (current)
Director of Enterprise Sales, International Politics & NGOs (2016)
Senior Communications Strategist (2015)
Community Strategist (2014)
Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Lecturer (2012-2014)
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Instructor, Department of Politics (2006-2012)
Paralegal Specialist, Technology & Financial Services Enforcement Section (2004-2006)
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Foreign Affairs Intern (2003)
Meridian International Center
Creator & Co-Chair
Shared Plates, a citywide "anti-gala" of 100+ dinner parties benefiting L.A. Kitchen
Public resource. Untethered: A Primer on Social Isolation.
Commissioned. "Letting Go: DIY Strategies to Build Local Campaign Ownership."
Commissioned. Custom research on global policy and philanthropic strategy, celebrity causes, and corporate social impact.
Article manuscript. "Defending Openness in a Time of Fear: The International Political Economy of U.S. Visa Issuance"