David Curtiss

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, David Curtiss has cultivated a lifelong commitment to uplifting the priorities of Black and Brown people through his values, education, and practice. Trained in community organizing and grassroots advocacy, David spent multiple years in university building coalitions between Black and African Diaspora communities, leading intergroup dialogue spaces, and crafting campus campaigns centered around shifting resources and increasing access to cultural and educational enrichment for BIPOC students. In 2018, he graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Justice & Law, where he studied and conducted research on the various intersections between race, education, and criminalization in both the U.S. and globally. This experience fueled his passion to support organizations working to reform justice systems and practices, specifically in the realm of development and strategic relationship building to help Black-led organizations achieve sustainability and scale their work.

Prior to coming to CPE, David worked at Community Coalition, a racial justice policy center where he helped to shape their philanthropy and funding agenda as well as coordinate high-impact special projects with City government partners serving predominantly Black and Latinx communities in Los Angeles County. In his spare time, David directs The Building Hope Project, an organization he began at sixteen years old that partners with students in Uganda through school sponsorships and leadership development programming, while creating pipelines for Black Americans to experience international volunteerism.