David Schleifer-Lee

David is a Community-Centric Fundraiser and joined Gateway Public Schools as the Director of Institutional Giving in 2023. In his role, David talks to all kinds of people within the broader community to get them excited about the power and potential of students and the importance of equitable education programs. David ended up in the nonprofit world through his passion for working with young people in the community, first as a teen counselor at the Deer Hollow Farm outdoor summer camp and more formatively as a volunteer organizer in public K-12 schools during his college years at UC Santa Barbara. His other past experiences include co-founding a music mentorship nonprofit, serving as an AmeriCorps member, and fundraising for early education, arts, and out-of-school-time nonprofits. When David’s not in the office or talking about how nonprofits and foundations can build better partnerships, you can probably find him experimenting in the kitchen, exploring the city with his wife, or playing pickup soccer.