Vice President of Research and Policy
David Schaefer is the vice president of research and policy at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. David helps interweave the organization’s policy areas into a cohesive whole, coupling research with legislative opportunities to advance equity statewide.
Experienced Lawyer and Advocate
Strategy | Public Policy | Data Analysis
Throughout his career, he has been a college instructor, a paralegal serving in Georgia state prisons, and an immigration attorney. David earned his law degree (with honors), Master of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor’s (summa cum laude) in Latin American Relations from the University of Georgia. He is a past member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and previously served as legislative chair for the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (Atlanta) and is a recipient of the North Carolina Piedmont Triad’s 40 Leaders Under 40 Award. David currently serves on the board of directors of the LAA and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and North Carolina. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in German and Portuguese, David grew up in an Argentine-German-American household, and he and his wife, an Afro-Cuban-Venezuelan professor at Kennesaw State, live in Marietta with their son, Noah.