David Jefferson is an educator and community advocate with an entrepreneurial spirit who has a passion for positive youth development and the re-entry population. With more than 15 years of non-profit management experience, David has been able to lead and manage workforce development efforts, implement sexual reproductive health programming, and create impactful resources and opportunities for men who are re-entering society from prison.

Prior to becoming a National Urban Fellow, David served as the Career Development Manager for Year Up, a nationally recognized youth-development non-profit. In this capacity, David was in charge of intensive workforce development training, career coaching, job placement assistance and providing emergency intervention for students. He worked closely with numerous employers to secure livable wage employment opportunities, designed and facilitated employment readiness workshops, and provided job placement services for 200+ program participants a year. He also led the diversity and cultural competency efforts for the organization.

David holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Cambridge College. He is ecstatic about his opportunity to serve as a National Urban Fellow and he looks forward to utilizing this experience to someday lead an organization that has a strong societal influence and delivers impactful services to the people it serves.

Placed at The Cleveland Foundation to complete his mentorship, David was a part of the Community Responsive Grants Team. In this role he gained experience in reviewing proposals, researching organizations, analyzing financial documents, and making grant recommendations. He also co-managed the recruitment, interview, selection, and matching process for the Foundation’s Summer Internship Program.