Deborah David is a Women for Women International’s U.S. Board of Advisors member.
Deborah David is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator by profession. She also has extensive leadership experience in non-profit organizations active in international development, humanitarian aid, arts and education.
Ms. David has a long-standing relationship with Women for Women International, having served from 2010 to 2016 as Chair of the Board of Women for Women International, UK in London. During those years, the UK charity raised both funds and awareness throughout Europe achieving for the global organization international recognition as a leader in empowering marginalized women in conflict and post-conflict zones. She has also served on the Board and Executive Committee of Women for Women International in the US. She remains involved in the organization as a member of the Match her Courage Steering Committee and the Revenue and Advancement Committee.
Currently, Ms. David is a member of the Board of Scripps College, where she is Vice-Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. She has served on that board on and off since 1990 for a total of more than 15 years, serving on numerous governance committees and chairing Institutional Advancement. Since August 2017, she has served on the Board Development Committee of Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Foundation, the Board of Governors of UCLA and the Board of Advisors of the UCLA School of Law where she also co-chaired the Alumni Fund-Raising Committee for the Darling Law Library.
While living in London from 2002 to 2016, Ms. David was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Gilbert Collection and Chair of Stewardship and Events at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she also served on the Major Gifts Committee.
Professionally, since 2000, Ms. David has been a member of JAMS, the largest US provider of alternative dispute resolution services. From 2003 to the present, she has also served on the mediation panel of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London. As a member of the CEDR mediation faculty, Ms. David has taught dispute resolution techniques in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Far East, and the US. Prior to becoming a full time mediator/arbitrator, Ms. David was a partner in the litigation firm of Lebovits & David, Los Angeles, and before that in Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, San Francisco. In 1997, she was the first woman elected president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in its 50-year history. She also served on the Board of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Los Angeles Boards of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. By appointment of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, she served on the Judicial Council Task Force on the Quality of Justice.
Ms. David attended the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Scripps College, from which she received a BA Degree in European History with a minor in the Humanities. She received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.