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David Styers

managing director

Based in our New York office, David has an extensive 26-year history working at the forefront of executive and civic engagement in leadership development, and is a Certified Rapid Innovation Lab Facilitator, Certified Governance Trainer, and Civic Change Leadership Trainer. 

Prior to Ascent, David was the Director of Learning and Development at the Presidio Trust, an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio in San Francisco and transform it into a new kind of national park.  He has run fellowship and leadership education programs for corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders, to orchestra managers and conductors. 

David holds a Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude Degree in English from Wake Forest University.