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David Palter is the Workforce Development Director 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 workforce pipeline and increase the diversity of workers in Silicon Valley.

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.

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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