I'm David

A former founder, investor, and consultant, passionate about helping leaders develop, navigate complex transition, and find more joy and ease in work and life. I am a trusted thought partner and guide to my clients, and my work is anchored in curiosity, introspection, and a bias towards action.

My coaching is informed by over 15 years of leading teams, building businesses, and creating successful partnerships. I'm a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford GSB, where I teach and coach MBA students on deepening interpersonal skills and honing facilitation, coaching, and mentoring competencies that expand leadership impact and presence. I am also a facilitator in Stanford GSB's most popular elective, Interpersonal Dynamics, as well as an active startup investor and advisor. My career has provided a breadth of experience and lessons that I apply to coaching. I’ve founded, operated, and sold multiple brick-and-mortal retail businesses. Additionally, I’ve consulted Fortune 500 companies and law firms on valuation and large-scale litigation. I’ve helped K-12 education organizations with curriculum design and ed tech strategy, and I’ve supported numerous organizations on issues ranging from setting culture to corporate development to M&A.

Over time, I’ve realized that what I enjoy most is helping people develop. Leadership is often lonely, and we all crave an unbiased ally in our corner. An experienced thought partner. Someone who creates a safe space for self-reflection, offers honest and compassionate feedback and guidance, and provides a kind, yet firm push to help us get to where we want to go. Someone to hold us accountable to what matters most, to help us course correct and develop resiliency when we get off track, and to celebrate the wins when we stay the course. To me, this is coaching. What I hope for my clients is that they leave each session with more mental space, clarity, and ease than that with which they arrived — and with a game plan that feels exciting, doable, and maybe a little scary.

Our work together will likely seem simple but not easy -- and feel wholly necessary and completely worth it.


  • Stanford GSB / Lecturer in Management
  • Stanford GSB / Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator and Coach
  • Love Story Yoga / Turnstyle Cycle / Endurance Fitness / Founder
  • Rabil Ventures / Investor
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative / Consultant
  • Charles River Associates / Consultant


  • Stanford GSB / MBA
  • Stanford GSE / MA, Education
  • Colby College / BA, Economics
  • International Coaching Federation / ACC
  • Coactive Training Institute / CPCC
  • Esalen Institute / Integrative Gestalt Coaching

What I Believe

Lasting change comes when we challenge the status quo of who we are and how we operate, and begin to take small, deliberate steps toward what we really want.

It’s often lonely at the top. Leaders need a safe place to reflect on what’s really going on, and to examine their doubts, reconnect with their purpose, and talk through problems in confidence.

It’s lazy to be busy. Most busyness comes from our wild, ongoing attempts to please others. Slowing down creates space. Space is where magic happens.

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

– Tim Ferriss

“We don’t so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems.”

– Carl Jung

David’s depth of experience, thoughtful and honest nature, and ability to grasp and bring clarity to complex situations has helped me grow tangibly as a leader and successfully overcome some of the most challenging moments I’ve faced.

Cameron, CEO, Stronger Brains

David helped me successfully navigate the organizational and leadership challenges that came with growing my startup from pre-seed through a series A. He asks great questions and makes sure I leave our sessions with something positive I can act on.

Jon, CEO, Sym

David has been absolutely invaluable in helping me move towards the next stage in my life. His thoughtful questions, insightful frameworks, anchoring of decisions in values, and pushing back at the right times has helped me progress in ways that would have been unthinkable without his guidance.

Brandon, Chief of Staff, Kalshi

David's coaching was incisive, fast-acting, and impactful. He brought rigor and heartfelt care to our sessions. This powerful combination led to meaningful transformation where I needed it most. I highly recommend David to anyone who is ready to make a real change in their personal life, health, or relationships.

Eve, Therapist, Berkeley