Graduate Study

Master of International Management (M.I.M), Thunderbird School of Global Management; degree received May 1988

The Thunderbird Master of International Management was a four-semester program integrating a curriculum in global business with area studies and foreign language. At Thunderbird, David focused on marketing and logistics in his business studies, on East Asia in area studies, and continued learning Mandarin Chinese in the foreign language program.

While enrolled at Thunderbird David also served as a graduate teaching assistant in Management, began the school’s first Macintosh User Group, and served two internships with a computer manufacturer. He also took part in the school’s International Advertising (InterAd) competition, and conducted market research among migrant workers.

Post-Baccalaureate Study

University of California, Los Angeles Extension, September-December 1986: Courses in Marketing and Statistics.

During his post-baccalaureate studies David served as a supervisor for a unit of Federated Department Stores.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) with a Major in International Relations, University of California, Davis; degree received September 1986

In the early 1980s, the University of California, Davis hosted the only degree program in International Relations. The major was cross-disciplinary, incorporating coursework in political science, economics, history, foreign languages, area studies, sociology, and agricultural economics. David began his undergraduate studies at Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego, transferring to Davis in his junior year. After completing seven years of study in Spanish, David attended the Summer Immersion Program in Mandarin Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley, between his junior and senior years.

While an undergraduate, David served as Academic Peer Adviser for the International Relations program; was appointed as the undergraduate representative on the Chancellor’s Committee for International Programs; interned as a Legislative Assistant for a member of the California State Assembly; and served as a contributing editor of the U.C. San Diego Guardian. Immediately prior to graduation David served an internship with a unit of Hong Kong steamship giant Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL.) On graduating from U.C. Davis, David was named an Outstanding Senior and was admitted to Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

Continuing and Professional Education

Introduction to the Incident Command System, Emergency Management Institute, DHS, March 2015

Burson Marsteller University: Executive Leadership Program, Singapore, March, 2003; Conducting Media Skills and Crisis Training, Beijing, March 2002; Perception Management Training, June 2001; Key Account Management Training, December 2000; Consultative Skills, December 2000

Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations, with Five Special Awards, March 1991