David Palter is the Senior Director of Higher Education and Workforce Development for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role, he collaborates with local K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, and SVLG member companies to develop a strong local talent pipeline and increase the diversity of the Silicon Valley workforce.
Prior to joining the Leadership Group, David taught courses on U.S. labor history, social movements, and globalization at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A fellow with the UC Center for New Racial Studies, his research highlighted the relationship between race and standardized testing in California’s public schools. While at UC Santa Cruz, David also served as the Field Organizer for a California State Assembly campaign, and an advocate for graduate funding with the UC Office of the President.
In his free time, he enjoys playing music with his kids, and losing at basketball and tennis to people of all ages.
David received an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College.
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