David Barth directs the foundation’s Youth Opportunity and Learning program, leading our efforts to strengthen outcomes and opportunities for young people, and help realize their potential to be forces for positive social change.
David joined the foundation in 2015 after a distinguished 20-year career at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Most recently, he served as mission director for Bosnia and Herzegovina and oversaw the US mission’s efforts to increase stability, foster more effective and accountable institutions, strengthen the economy, and reconcile ethnic conflict.
Earlier, David served USAID in a variety of roles, including deputy chief of staff; acting deputy assistant administrator for legislative and public affairs; regional legal advisor for Guatemala, Panama, and Nicaragua; and director of the Office of Education, where he led development of the agency’s education strategy—with emphasis on youth and girls, education in conflict areas, and immigration. David also spent over a decade working in the Middle East and North Africa region, where he was the director of the Office of Middle East Programs and regional legal advisor for Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, and Lebanon.
An advocate for investing in education at all levels, David served as chair of the G8/BMENA literacy task force and has helped pioneer the deployment of a number of innovative youth education and skills training programs to combat illiteracy, promote tolerance, and help develop the skills and values required to excel in a globalized world.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Boston University, and a juris doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University.