David Mensah served as Executive Director from 2002-2007 for HMI, where he led our organization’s historic $6 million expansion phase partnering with the New York City Department of Education to found the Harvey Milk High School. Prior to joining HMI, David held the post of Executive Director for the Connecticut AIDS Residence Program, which provides housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

His career also includes serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member at The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, teaching leadership development to masters and executive master’s students interested in expanding and developing their leadership capacity in the non-profit field. He also worked as a marriage and family counselor while teaching courses in both trauma counseling and leadership to graduate students at Sacred Heart University the University of Bridgeport, respectively. In 2015, he  also served as the designer and facilitator of the NYC – DOE Parent Council Leadership Institute.

Today, David, is the Principal Partner of WAVE Training and Consulting LLC, which provides leadership training and executive coaching to organizations committed to developing and enhancing employee leadership skills. He has two BS degrees from Oregon State University, a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Bridgeport and a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. David is a dynamic public speaker and master trainer, speaking at conferences and seminars on leadership.

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