Research Director, GBPI

David Schaefer

David Schaefer is the research director at GBPI, where he helps oversee and coordinate the organization’s policy research and directs quality control.

Experienced Lawyer and Advocate

Strategy | Public Policy | Data Analysis

Prior to joining GBPI in July 2019, David spent five years as the Managing Director of Advocacy at the Latin American Association (LAA), Georgia’s largest and oldest nonprofit serving the needs of the state’s growing Latino community. Prior to LAA, David worked at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro as a technical editor, where he focused on K-12 policy and research. He also worked as the associate chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor, where he focused on institution- and system-level higher ed policy and co-founded ALIANZA, a university alliance of Latino students, faculty and staff.

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). David and his wife live in Atlanta with their son.

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